Minnkota Messenger

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A man for the membership

Cass County Electric Cooperative CEO Marshal Albright will retire in April after 37 years of service.

Features

The puck stops here – in Hockeytown USA®

NorthStream Fiber and Minnkota Power Cooperative joined the community of Warroad in preparations for Hockey Day Minnesota 2024.

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No time to freeze

Minnkota Power Cooperative and Cass County Electric Cooperative recently battled the effects of a rare Christmas ice storm.

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The best stress test

Minnkota and its members had an opportunity to prepare for the worst during the national GridEx event.

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Welcoming Walle

Minnkota’s new transmission substation will both fortify power reliability and support regional load growth.

Technology

‘Critical’ opportunity for North Dakota

Minnkota Power Cooperative is joining industry research partners in capitalizing on rare earth elements.

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Leader of the cooperative family

North Star Electric Cooperative has named co-op veteran Kevin Holen as its new general manager.

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Two million reasons to celebrate

Minnkota’s Safety manager attributes a milestone of 2 million hours with no lost-time injuries to a culture of openness.

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Matriarch of the herd

Beltrami Electric Cooperative member Rachel Gray and her family have received regional honors for agricultural leadership in Minnesota.

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'The math does not add up' on EPA carbon proposal

A new EPA power plant proposal could put grid reliability at risk.

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Stronger together

Minnkota Power Cooperative and its member-owners have extended their wholesale power contracts.

Community

Minnkota Cares raises $3,947 for local causes

The Minnkota employee giving fund filled up with donations as donors filled up with ice cream.

Features

The lineworkers of the lake

The many challenges of Roseau Electric Cooperative's waterlocked Northwest Angle territory are overcome with grit – and a lot of gratitude.

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The quest for continuous improvement

Minnkota hosted its first industry peer review in June, welcoming energy experts from across North America.

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Energy for every season

Minnkota and its energy marketing team are prepared for the regional energy market’s new four-season approach to resource planning.

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Rising to the occasion

Minnkota’s Emergency Rescue Team recently used its unique rope training to safely lower an injured contractor from a 40-foot scaffold.

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Highway 75 hero

This winter, a Red River Valley Co-op Power lineworker showed courage and calm while assisting an expectant mother following rollover crash.

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Andrew Freeman Competition team takes the cake

Minnkota Power Cooperative has recognized the UND engineering students behind the “Batter Shaker” as its annual innovation contest winners.

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Minnkota receives communications honors from NRECA

Minnkota's Communications department has been recognized for its 2022 work in video marketing, animation and photography.

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Teamwork at its height

Photos from a recent sky-high transmission project illustrate the challenges overcome by Minnkota’s dedicated line crews.

Community

Hairnets and helping hands

Minnkota hosts third Feed My Starving Children event at its Grand Forks headquarters.

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A cut above the rest

The new Bemidji Steel Company facility has helped to put a laser focus on the benefits of doing business in Beltrami Electric Cooperative territory.

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Powering the journey ahead

Minnkota held its 83rd annual meeting on March 31, on the cusp of incredible industry transformation.

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From 10-gallon hats to 10,000 lakes

Texas native Mike Wade is bringing his vast industry experience to Wild Rice Electric Cooperative as their new CEO.

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Putting the power in powersports

Arctic Cat is strengthening its legacy in Thief River Falls with diverse employee opportunities and continual product innovation.

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The full picture of reliability

Infrared camera technology serves an important role in Minnkota’s multipronged preventative maintenance plan.

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Nation’s electric grid could face winter challenges

A recent NERC assessment says risks grow with the retirement of coal and nuclear generation.

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Major outage insight

Minnkota’s Young Station team has successfully navigated another lengthy maintenance outage with planning and teamwork.

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Locally grown leadership

As PKM Electric Cooperative CEO Mike Schmidt retires, protégé Jeff Rustad will become the co-op's new leader in 2023.

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2023 rates projected to be stable for sixth straight year

Minnkota Power Cooperative will keep its wholesale electricity rates flat amid national and global economic instability.

Features

Family, farming, and feeding carb cravings

Three Farm Daughters has created a pasta empire within Nodak Electric Cooperative’s rural footprint.

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Pecking disorder

A transmission line rebuilt by Minnkota Power Cooperative will be protected from woodpecker-caused challenges.

Features

A circle of benefits from Minnesota milk

State-of-the-art Waukon Dairy is producing gallons of opportunity in Wild Rice Electric Cooperative territory.

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Living great in the 218

Greater Bemidji’s relocation program is attracting telecommuters to Beltrami Electric Cooperative’s service area.

Community

Food for the community, food for the soul

The Rural Access Distribution (RAD) Cooperative is combatting North Dakota grocery store closures with some small-town collaboration.

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Harnessing the grit of the grass

A Red River Valley Co-op Power business member is using native landscaping to improve the ecology of the prairie.

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Minnkota, NRECA CEOs publish op-ed on reliability

Minnkota CEO Mac McLennan and NRECA CEO Jim Matheson published a joint opinion column focused on projected grid challenges and what can be done to maintain electric reliability.

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Sounding the alarm on grid reliability

National grid operators and regulators are warning that North Dakota and Minnesota may be at risk of power outages this summer.

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‘A culture of compliance’

Minnkota has logged another successful NERC audit thanks to the cooperative's strong leadership and proactive planning.

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Community and cooperative connector

Marty Tetrault has taken another step into service as Cavalier Rural Electric’s newest general manager.

Technology

Bringing the heat in the glass industry

Fargo’s Cardinal IG glass plant has found growing power in its partnership with Cass County Electric Cooperative.

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Minnkota Communications team collects national awards

Minnkota was recently honored with two NRECA Spotlight on Excellence awards for its digital and written communication efforts in 2021.

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Resilient By Design

On April 1, Minnkota held its first in-person annual meeting in nearly three years. The meeting’s theme, Resilient By Design, recognized how Minnkota persevered through the pandemic, volatile energy market conditions and rapid industry change.

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A bear of a line project

Minnkota’s Power Delivery crews need to overcome many challenges to complete work on a unique northern Minnesota landscape.

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The wrath of the Red

Twenty-five years after the historic 1997 ice storm and flood, current Minnkota employees reflected on the natural disasters that tested the resilience of the cooperative.

Community

A place for volts and vitamins

Minnkota joins community partners to host Grand Forks Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event for a second year.

Features

Ahead of the herd

IDEA Competition winner MUSKOX has taken snow blower innovation by the horns in northwest Minnesota.

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Grid operators, regulators forecast reliability risks

The evolving energy transition represents challenges and opportunities for Minnkota and the industry as a whole.

Features

The ice (and nice) is stronger here

Brutal winter conditions won’t keep the community of Warroad, Minn., from a second year of Riverbend Skate Path fame.

Community

The Digi-Key difference

A major facility expansion will allow an electronics distribution company to thrive within its rural Minnesota community.

Features

Minnkota shows grit and growth during GridEx

A nationwide exercise has become one of the best ways for employees to prepare for the worst.

Our Power

‘Keep calm and outage on’

Milton R. Young Station employees have once again used a major planned outage to keep Unit 1 strong and reliable.

Features

The lineworker treatment

Clearwater-Polk Electric Cooperative recently created a dream experience for a young power enthusiast diagnosed with leukemia.

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Reliable power for reliable packages

The FAR1 Amazon Fulfillment Center has become the latest Cass County Electric Cooperative member in a growing Fargo community.

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Fresh power in the old power plant

A new Grand Forks research facility is unearthing an energy future in Minnkota’s energy past.

Community

Hard hats and fire helmets

Red Lake Electric Cooperative boasts six employees on the local volunteer fire department.

Community

Minnkota celebrates Drive Electric Week with co-op partners

Two EV ride-and-drive events drew crowds to electric cooperatives in Bemidji and Roseau, Minn., during National Drive Electric Week.

Technology

Collaborate, innovate, cultivate, repeat

The Fargo-based Grand Farm initiative is leveraging local and global partners to electrify the future of agriculture.

Community

Minnkota and CoBank team up to “Share Success”

Minnkota Power Cooperative and Square Butte Electric Cooperative donated $20,000 to local programs as a part of CoBank's matched giving program.

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Successful sessions

Minnkota and its cooperative members are celebrating major energy legislation recently passed in North Dakota and Minnesota.

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Substation communication revolution

Minnkota's system-wide deployment of distribution automation technology is rapidly enhancing response and reliability.

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Compton ready to answer the call

North Star Electric Cooperative’s new general manager is committed to transparency and accessibility.

Features

From zero to EV

Auto dealers and co-ops are merging new models, more chargers and incentives to accelerate electric vehicle growth in the north.

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Student engineers recognized in annual Freeman Competition

Minnkota continued its support of up-and-coming innovators with the 2021 Andrew Freeman Design Innovation Competition.

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Built for service

Roseau Electric Cooperative is expanding its fiber-to-the-home network to more rural members and the City of Roseau.

Features

Recipe for success

Clearwater-Polk Electric Cooperative’s Deanna Lefebvre has been chosen to lead as the next general manager.

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Clear leadership

Bruce Bjerke has retired after 15 years as Clearwater-Polk Electric Cooperative’s general manager.

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We power on

Minnkota Power Cooperative and Square Butte Electric Cooperative annual meetings reflect on a 2020 navigated with resiliency.

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Power over the market

Minnkota's energy marketers combined the cooperative's reliable resources and demand response program to avoid a cold-weather crisis.

Features

Popping into business

A North Dakota farm family has built a packaging company to support the local economy, give back to the community and create a generational legacy.

Community

Minnkota Jeans Day Fund gives big on Giving Hearts Day

Minnkota's Grand Forks employees used an annual February giving event to make their donations dollars go further.

Technology

Finding injection perfection

The latest Project Tundra simulations show promising properties for CO2 injection and storage near Minnkota's Milton R. Young Station.

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North Star's guiding light

After a 43-year cooperative career, North Star Electric’s Ann Ellis is setting a new course – retirement.

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Buyer beware

Minnkota has strengthened its supply chain to navigate COVID-19 and new cybersecurity standards.

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Advocacy from afar

Virtual meetings have kept Minnkota engaged with lawmakers in advance of important legislative sessions.

Technology

Syncing the sound

From innovative engineering to flawless work in the field, Minnkota is working to enhance and improve its demand response system.

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Dolan to lead Wild Rice Electric

Wild Rice Electric Cooperative’s new CEO brings more than two decades of co-op experience.

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A legacy of loyalty

Wild Rice Electric Cooperative CEO Steve Haaven has retired after 47 years of service to members.

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Minnkota board approves 2021 budget

Average wholesale rates are projected to remain stable as Minnkota’s rate structure change is implemented.

Community

For the heat of the hunt

This October, a national cocker spaniel competition found a host home on the shore of Minnkota’s Nelson Lake.

Features

A positive charge

Minnkota’s chief money maven Karen Thingelstad is preparing for retirement after an impressive 27-year cooperative career.

Technology

Cooperation for travel electrification

Minnkota’s member cooperatives are building out a network of electric vehicle fast chargers to help connect the service area.

Community

Electric bus makes the grade

West Fargo Public Schools has experienced transportation savings and benefits after a year with an electric addition to the fleet.

Community

Powered-up park patrol

Fargo Parks and Fargo Police are enjoying the benefits of an electric patrol motorcycle, supported in part by Cass County Electric Cooperative.

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The precipice of power potential

North Dakota’s Capitol Hill cohort communicated proud support of Project Tundra during a recent tour at Minnkota's Milton R. Young Station.

Our Power

One flight, endless opportunity

Minnkota Power Cooperative is reaching new heights with its LiDAR-based survey program.

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Resiliency to improve reliability

With COVID-19 precautions in place, Minnkota crews have continued through a full docket of projects – and the work is paying off for members.

Features

Dinos, drive-ins and democracy

This summer, PKM Electric Cooperative spun its pandemic precautions into a unique annual meeting engagement.

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Minnkota lineworker Kemnitz receives Lifesaver Award

This summer, lineworker Ryan Kemnitz stood strong under pressure and potentially saved a life in the Bemidji, Minn. area.

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Cooperative spirit shines during annual meetings

Minnkota Power Cooperative and Square Butte Electric Cooperative shared an unprecedented day of distanced reports, votes, accolades and farewells.

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Cooperative blood

Retirement isn’t the end of the electric line for the Thronson family, as three sons carry on the cooperative tradition.

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Project Tundra progress continues amid pandemic

The carbon capture initiative is finding the support and partners needed for ultimate success.

Community

The business of caring

Co-op member companies altered operations and gave generously to fulfill the region’s pandemic needs.

Community

Co-op values conquer COVID-19

Minnkota’s member cooperatives used their resources and ingenuity to safely and effectively serve their communities through the pandemic.

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A new normal

Minnkota employees continue to power on as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the globe.

Technology

Substation creation transformation

3D design software is giving Minnkota opportunities for more efficient engineering and construction.

Features

Every dimension of development

A 3D printing entrepreneur is finding community support in printing a future for Bemidji businesses.

Technology

Data from the depths

New 3D geophysical survey results will help clear another hurdle for Project Tundra's future.

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Congestion control

Demand response is key to managing rush hour on the region’s electric system.

Community

Minnkota employees top $50,000 in giving

Minnkota employees' Jeans Day Fund has reached a milestone, touching dozens of charities over the decade.

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