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Costa Rican Co-ops Mark Golden Anniversaries

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Some parts of Co-op Nation require a passport to visit—such as Costa Rica, where NRECA International helped get two electric cooperatives started half a century ago. In 1965, the co-ops barely had 600 members combined. Today, that number is well past 144,000. To mark their 50th birthdays and celebrate their successes, NRECA leaders paid a visit. “The [...]

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Broken Pole Leads Linemen to Crash Victim

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


It’s not often that a motorist is grateful for slamming into a power pole. In Amanda Cooper’s case, though, the collision trail led an electric cooperative crew from Indiana to find and rescue her. When Whitewater Valley REMC got a recent predawn call about a broken pole in Richmond, Ind., veteran lineman Mark Bell and apprentice Brad [...]

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Going Bald to Beat Cancer

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Freshly shaved heads around several of Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s facilities represent the North Dakota co-op’s commitment to beating pediatric cancer. For the eighth straight year, staffers at the Bismarck-based G&T, together with several other organizations, have championed the work of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation by raising money for research and services for children battling [...]

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For ‘Pole’ Cat, Co-op Linemen to the Rescue

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Cold, alone and stranded 40 feet above snow-covered ground, things looked pretty bleak for a black cat precariously perched atop a Vermont Electric Cooperative power pole. One wrong move could have dashed the feline onto energized lines or sent it careening toward the landscape four stories below. When system operator Melanie Butler got a call [...]

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Co-op Hero Saves Elderly Woman Lying in Snow

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


After two long days and nights working mutual aid at a neighboring co-op, Keith Sheldon figured he’d earned a vacation day to indulge his longtime hobby of photography. That was one of the best decisions he’s ever made because it led him to an elderly woman who might otherwise have frozen to death. “We don’t [...]

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