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USDA’s Vilsack Pays Visit to Iowa Co-op

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Prime time for the new headquarters facility at Eastern Iowa Light & Power Cooperative came early when Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stopped by for a tour. “An advance man called me at 11 a.m. on July 15 and asked if we’d be willing to host a visit, and 15 minutes after I hung up, two [...]

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Let There Be More Light for Surprise Winner

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


The grand prize drawing at the annual meeting was a full household lighting change-out. When they pulled the winning name, though, the co-op got quite a surprise. “We were imagining a house—going in and changing out 30, 40 light bulbs,” said Ray Pierotti, project specialist at La Plata Electric Association in Durango, Colo. “It was [...]

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Youth Leadership Council Members Visit NRECA

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Dozens of young electric cooperative members from across the United States made a second visit to the nation’s capital in as many months. As members of NRECA’s Youth Leadership Council, they are learning about opportunities to help their communities and co-ops in the years ahead. “Get involved in your community and try to make a [...]

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Lineman Dies in Sinkhole Accident

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


The staff and members of an Illinois electric cooperative are mourning the death of a colleague killed in the line of duty. Lineman Robert W. Moss of Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative was headed to restore power July 19 when his utility vehicle fell into a sinkhole caused by storm water runoff that collapsed a culvert. [...]

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Va. Linemen Beat the Clock to Save Member

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


To a pair of electric cooperative linemen, they were just doing their job by restoring power to a member’s home. But member Robert Bishop and a Virginia state trooper see it differently. “They saved my life,” Bishop said of the mid-June incident in which Southside Electric Cooperative linemen raced against the clock to restore power to [...]

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