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2018 Director Elections

Nodak Electric Cooperative, Inc. will hold its 78th annual meeting Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. Election for three positions will be held at the annual meeting.

Members who desire to serve as a member of the Nodak Board of Directors may be nominated in one of two ways:

  1. By the Nominating Committee. The committee will meet Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.
  2. By a petition signed by 15 members of Nodak in good standing. The petition must be submitted to Nodak’s office 45 days prior to the annual meeting (Monday, Feb. 26, 2018).

If you are interested, or would like to know which district you reside in, please contact Nodak’s office at 701-746-4461 or 1-800-732-4373 for more information.

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Trip Of A Lifetime

By Isaac Joerger
Amazing, fantastic, a tripof a lifetime, are the words that describe the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Along the trip, those words were repeated multiple times. After spending six days in our nation’s capital and another half day in

Baltimore, how could words like these not escape from our lips. Everything was very hassle-free throughout the whole tour. The people running the tour have had years of experience and took care of every possible problem before it even happened.

Each day was planned out so we were able to tour as many areas as possible. Some of the sights we visited were the Washington Monument, National World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Marine Corps War Memorial. We also visited many museums, including the Newseum, which had many newspaper archives and the current date’s front pages from newspapers around the world. We visited as many Smithsonian museums as time allowed.

During our half day in Baltimore, we visited the National Aquarium and explored the harbor. Even though we spent most of our time on foot, there were times when we could sit back and relax with others from our state. This was a very valuable time because we were able to get to know new teens from our state and form lifelong friendships.

The coolest thing that happened on our trip was how tight we became as a group. At the beginning of the trip, most students were shy and didn’t really know what to say but by the end we were all wondering why we didn’t know each other before.

The trip wasn’t all touring; however, there were two nights when we were able to meet new people from other states while enjoying games, dances and snacks. The trip also featured motivational speakers who did an outstanding job and had amazing life stories. One night a speaker talked to our group about how cooperatives are organized and how they play an important role in our economy.

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour was the trip of a lifetime for me, and I am extremely thankful that I was chosen for this remarkable opportunity through Nodak Electric Cooperative.

Essay Contest Details

  • To enter the essay-writing contest, you must currently be a sophomore or junior in high school.
  • You and your parents or guardian must be served by Nodak Electric Cooperative.
  • Deadline is Jan. 31, 2018. Emailed entries should be directed to gschmaltz@nodakelectric.com, and hard-copy entries mailed to: Youth Tour Essay Contest, Nodak Electric Cooperative, 4000 32nd Ave. S., PO Box 13000, Grand Forks, ND 58208-3000.
  • If you have a question, contact Gretchen Schmaltz, Nodak Electric, at the address listed above or call 701-746-4461 during regular business hours.

Check out the essay contest guidelines at www.ndyouthtour.com and www.youthtour.coop

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Be Prepared For Winter’s Wrath

Nodak Electric Cooperative strives to provide you with reliable, uninterrupted service every day of the year, but sometimes Mother Nature creates unavoidable power outages. Nodak Electric wants you to remain safe during severe winter weather, so consider preparing now for the possibility of power outages this winter.

Before a power outage

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash and first-aid supplies.
  • Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.
  • If a storm is predicted, charge cellphones and any battery-powered devices beforehand.
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
  • If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device, determine a backup plan.

To prevent an overload

  • To prevent an overload on the system while power is being restored, take these steps:
  • Turn off every inside light except one.
  • Turn down your thermostat.
  • If the outage lasts more than 60 minutes, turn off your electric water heater.
  • Make sure your kitchen range is off, both the surface and the oven.
  • Turn off all unnecessary appliances and unplug sensitive electronic equipment.
  • When power comes back on, slowly switch your appliances and lights back on and gradually return your thermostat to its normal setting.

During a power outage

  • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting. Candles can cause fires.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat. If the power might be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location (the home of a relative or friend or a public facility) that has heat to keep warm.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.

Stay away from downed power lines
Mother Nature isn’t always kind to power lines. Winter winds, snow and ice often prove to be too much for utility poles and power lines. If you see a downed power line or utility pole, contact Nodak Electric immediately.

Do not go near the line or the pole. Just because it’s on the ground doesn’t mean it’s safe to approach.

to report an outage
Because power outages can’t be totally eliminated, Nodak Electric offers these steps to follow if an outage occurs:

  • Confirm the outage. Check your own fuses and circuit breakers first.
  • Check with a neighbor to confirm if he or she is also experiencing an outage before you call the cooperative. This will help your cooperative determine the extent of the outage.
  • Call the cooperative. If the outage is widespread, the phone lines may be busy, but keep trying. Your cooperative will send a line crew to find the problem and restore power as quickly as possible.

If you have additional questions about outages, please call Nodak Electric at 701-746-4461.

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