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Open ears, open hearts, open doors

“God literally woke me up and said ‘Feed my ­children.’ ” That was about 20 years ago, and Kenny Mayner knew it was God’s voice. The only thing he did question was what it meant at that time. He and wife, Marsha, have a family of two boys. They were well loved and well fed. What they discovered was the ...Read More


Trip of a lifetime opens up a world of opportunity

You could tell as they approached the building that some were a bit hesitant, while others had that air of adventure about them. Very few knew anyone else taking the trip. As they dropped off their suitcases and milled around, the noise of nervous excitement filled the meeting room. And, as some of them said goodbye to parents, there were ...Read More


Cooperative careers

The men and women who don hard hats and climb poles to work on power lines might be the most visible employees of electric utilities, but it takes a host of other professions to keep power flowing. From accounting to communications, engineering to human resources, customer/member service to line work, the job opportunities at electric cooperatives are numerous and will ...Read More

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The Cowboy Co-op

By Tom TateOctober is National Co-op Month, so it seems fitting for co-op members to look back to our ­beginnings and reflect on the ­reasons for the creation of electric cooperatives. This is a remarkable story that demonstrates the exceptional nature of the Americans who ­populated rural America, then and now.Nineteen hundred and thirty five. It’s hard to imagine what ...Read More

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Preserve the harvest for winter meals and holiday gifts

by Melinda MyersThe cucumbers have filled the vegetable drawer, you’ve run out of cabbage recipes and your family is refusing to eat one more BLT. Or maybe you just couldn’t resist that ­special deal on a bushel of tomatoes, potatoes or apples at the farmer’s ­market. So what is a gardener or ­shopper to do with all that produce?Since properly ...Read More

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Rules drafted in Washington have local impact

Not-for-profit electric cooperatives work every day to provide affordable, reliable electricity to the more than 42 million Americans they serve. Electric co-ops steadfastly focus on ways to provide reliable and affordable energy.Our nation needs a sensible energy policy that is based on those two priorities — reliability and affordability. Simple supply and demand dictates the cost of most goods and ...Read More


Tips for a healthier home

Every household has its honey-do list, but ­inevitably you’re not always going to have time to cross off every project on the list. Rather than ­setting lofty goals that make it easy to procrastinate, the key to a productive and effective list is to be ­realistic. Start with the projects that will have an immediate effect on ­creating and maintaining ...Read More

Did you know that an un-programmed thermostat can waste at least 20 percent of your heating and cooling bill? This smart thermostat from Nest is among a new generation that does the programming for you.

Get smart about making energy savings easy

By B. Denise HawkinsStop. Look around your room. More than likely there is a programmable thermostat on the wall, a plug strip on the floor and a light bulb in your lamp. These are three of the most common products you can use to help reduce daily household energy costs. The trick is figuring out how to make them work ...Read More

EPA regulations to raise bills and cost jobs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released regulations to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at new and now existing power plants that will lead to more expensive electricity for members of electric cooperatives. As not for profit, member-owned ­cooperatives we are concerned about the impact this will have on the price of electricity and our members’ bills. And we’re concerned ...Read More


Gifts from the land & water

I have long been fascinated with wild food foraging. Helping family members learn about wild edibles has developed into a hobby that has allowed us to experience, to a degree, how our ancestors lived off the land.Foraging for plants and hunting wild game are ancient patterns of human subsistence. For thousands of years, people survived in this manner. In 1972, ...Read More