CEO Column: June 2017 — Building and Innovating
A big thank you goes out to all who participated in our 80th annual meeting on June 1st in Fergus Falls. I appreciate your interest and support of Lake Region Electric Cooperative, our Board of Directors, and our outstanding team of employees. It was great to interact with you and we hope that you found the meeting enjoyable and interesting. Construction is Underway: We’ve started the summer construction season at a brisk pace. Our 2017 work plan is slated to be the cooperative’s largest, coming in at around $9 million. We have embarked on an extensive plan that will expand and improve the physical plant assets of our core electric distribution business. Service reliability, safety, and building for future loads are the reasons for this aggressive work plan. When you see our crews or those of our contractors working in your area, know that their work is to ensure the strength and security of the electric cooperative that you own.
Operation Round Up Spring Recipients
In April 2017, the Board of Trustees for Operation Round Up elected to donate $4,200 to assist local organizations.
CEO Column: April 2017 — Innovative Programs and Strategic Partnerships Key to Co-op’s Success
As the energy industry continues to evolve, Lake Region Electric Cooperative remains committed to meeting, and exceeding, the expectations of our members. We are always looking for ways to create more value for our members, both in the way we do business and with the products we offer. Based on our members’ needs and industry trends, we are adapting our business model to better serve you as your trusted energy provider. This often means thinking differently and being willing to embrace new technologies.
2017 LREC Annual Meeting Announced for June 1st
2017 LREC ANNUAL MEETING Mark your calendars for June 1st, 2017! Our 2017 annual meeting will be held at Life Church in Fergus Falls, MN. Registration and meal both begin at 5:00 p.m. and the business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
CEO Column: March 2017 — Joint Effort Will Extend Natural Gas
Lake Region Electric Cooperative will be participating in a joint effort to deliver natural gas to the Deer Creek and Parkers Prairie areas. The cooperative’s board of directors recently approved the joint effort with Greater Minnesota Gas, based in Le Sueur, MN. Greater Minnesota Gas will provide the intrastate pipeline to bring a supply of natural gas to the Deer Creek and Parkers Prairie communities and natural gas termination points within the region. From there, Lake Region Electric Cooperative will own and maintain the distribution pipeline that serves the natural gas customers.
Director Candidates Nominated in Districts 2, 5, & 8
District meetings with director nominations were held in February. Three incumbent directors were nominated without opposition in Districts 2, 5, and 8: District 2: Dennis Mathiason District 5: Charles Kvare District 8: Sid Wisness
February CEO Message: Giving the Gift of Light
This December three of our linemen had a unique opportunity to help bring electricity to the people of Haiti. It is an incredible feeling for our co-op in Minnesota to be able to help people living thousands of miles away. By traveling to Haiti, our linemen were able to directly assist the people there and improve their quality of life. Many areas in Haiti still lack the basic electric infrastructure that we take for granted here. LREC’s linemen joined Haitian crews to construct a large three-phase project serving a primarily residential area.