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Honor Flight Thanks Electric Co-op Linemen

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Electric cooperatives have long championed Honor Flights as a way of paying tribute to war veterans. But in the case of two co-op linemen, it’s the other way around. John Randall and Don Hutcheson of Central Missouri Electric Co-op, who have played an integral part in their local Honor Flight chapter, will be flight chaperones [...]

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Electric Co-ops Listed in Top 300 Co-ops Globally

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Three U.S. electric cooperatives are ranked among the world’s 300 largest co-ops, at a time when the cooperative movement shows strong growth despite worldwide economic uncertainty. Earning spots in the International Co-operative Alliance’s Global 300 were Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Oglethorpe Power Corp. and Tri-State G&T Association. Basin Electric, a G&T based in Bismarck, N.D., [...]

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Illinois Linemen Raise Flag at Safety Rodeo

Monday, October 20, 2014


Cooperative line workers keen to test their skills under pressure swarmed to the 17th annual Lineman’s Safety Rodeo sponsored by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives to compete–and also to raise the flag in truly co-op fashion. Like a human tree, 20 red-shirted student linemen belted in a staggered formation on a 55-foot pole and [...]

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What’s Needed to Electrify Africa

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


In sub-Saharan Africa, rural electrification is an essential ingredient in economic growth. But its success depends on solid business practices, unwavering political will, community buy-in and other factors. That was the message delivered by Dan Waddle, NRECA International senior vice president, to a group of international economic development specialists gathered Oct. 7 at the association’s [...]

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Home, Sweet Smart Home for Wounded Vet

Monday, October 13, 2014


A roadside bomb in Iraq cost Army Ranger Michael Schlitz his hands, one eye, the majority of his skin and every member of his crew. But it couldn’t take away his fighting spirit. Now, thanks in part to the goodwill of a Georgia electric cooperative, Schlitz will have a new base of operations as he [...]

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