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A New Digital Presence for Co-ops


Just over two years ago, NRECA embarked on an unprecedented initiative to re-imagine our digital presence—to redefine who we are, how we engage with our members and how we tell our story. We have reached our first major milestone with the official launch of electric.coop.

Co-op Manager’s WW II Dog Tag Brings Memories


Navopache Electric Cooperative General Manager Cletus “Mac” Eddy died more than eight years ago, but his life and military service were honored recently in an unusual ceremony involving the return of a long-lost dog tag.

Student Linemen Help Stricken Man


They’re still in school, but they lived up to the linemen’s tradition of helping those in need.

S.D. Co-op Crews Aim High in Fair Ride Rescue


They’ve been on their share of thrill rides, but three co-op journeymen linemen got a totally different perspective after a recent harrowing encounter with a popular ride at a fair in South Dakota.

New Technology Means Big Opportunities


The energy industry is changing in some pretty big ways.

Joe Brannan

Joe Brannan

S.D. Hall of Fame Honors Mark Hofer, Others


For decades, NRECA Director and South Dakota native Mark Hofer has championed rural communities and electric cooperatives through leadership positions on the local, state and national levels.

A Lineman Speaks from Bolivia: Day Six



Editor’s note: Last month, 15 volunteer linemen from Missouri and Oklahoma traveled to Bolivia to bring electricity to 360 families. In the sixth of a series, Heath Martin of Northfork Electric Cooperative, Sayre, Oklahoma, explains what the trip meant to him.
 

It’s Back to School Time with Electric Co-ops


By School Superintendent Linda Wiltfong’s estimate, the number of students needing financial support has more than doubled in the past 11 years at the South Central School Community School Corp. in Union Mills, Indiana.

A Lineman Speaks from Bolivia: Day Five



Editor’s note: Last month, 15 volunteer linemen from Missouri and Oklahoma traveled to Bolivia to bring electricity to 360 families. In the fifth of a series, Jared Kelley of SEMO Electric Cooperative, Sikeston, Missouri, explains what the trip meant to him.
 

Getting to Know NRECA CEO Jim Matheson



Editor’s note: In July, Jim Matheson became the sixth CEO in the history of NRECA. In this Q&A, Matheson, 56, who represented Utah in Congress for seven terms from 2001 to 2015, talks about his early impressions of NRECA, his background, and how co-ops can get their message across in a time of political polarization.
 

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