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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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Touchstone Energy Wins Two Awards

Thursday, October 09, 2014


Touchstone Energy® took home a pair of awards in the 2014 E Source Utility Ad Awards Contest. In the Best Overall Campaign for Non-Investor-Owned Utility, Touchstone Energy was honored with second place for “The Power of Co-op Membership.” Unveiled in 2013, the ad campaign includes images of real electric cooperative linemen. The TV ads, radio [...]

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The Cooperative Difference

Wednesday, October 08, 2014


October is National Cooperative Month, a celebration of the more than 29,000 cooperatives delivering goods and services across the country. It’s a great time to take a look at the difference cooperatives have made. Most businesses are formed to make money, and there’s not a thing wrong with this. There are many examples of Americans [...]

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