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Ebola Crisis Impacts NRECA Intl.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


The Ebola epidemic gripping West Africa is having an impact at NRECA International, whose leader said it rivals anything he has seen in his decades of overseas work. “I was in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak in 1999 and have been in several countries during dengue fever, cholera, typhoid and other public health emergencies,” said [...]

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Mo. Co-op Uses Horsepower to Install Cable

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


More than a century after draft horses helped build telegraph lines through the Ozarks, the animals are being used by a Missouri electric cooperative to install fiber optic cable. “Horses were an ideal choice for this project,” said Carmen Hartwell, general manager of Dixon-based Gascosage Electric Cooperative. “Newest technology is not always the greatest thing. [...]

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N.C. Co-op, Publisher Revive Local News Coverage

Monday, September 22, 2014


When a local hospital announced it would close, folks in one struggling North Carolina community figured the local newspaper would be the next thing to go. Two months after the hospital’s announcement, the Beaufort-Hyde News, a weekly since 1966, folded, leaving the town of Belhaven and two counties without a newspaper. “Psychologically, it was sort [...]

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Tips to Keep Your Co-op ‘Always On’

Sunday, September 21, 2014


You might not have thought of Pinterest as a way to communicate with members of your electric cooperative. Think again. The electronic bulletin board, which enables users to collect ideas for projects and interests, has become a tool for co-ops to demonstrate how they’re “always on” when it comes to member engagement. “People go to [...]

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Kansas Energy Expo a New State Fair Tradition

Friday, September 19, 2014


Teaching electrical safety can have a hard time competing with the rides and games at the Kansas State Fair. But this year, attracting a crowd got a lot easier thanks to cooperation among state officials, fair organizers and other utilities. Electric cooperative linemen have been giving safety demonstrations at the fair since 2007. But they [...]

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