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Write An Essay And Win A Trip Of A Lifetime!

An All-Expense-Paid Trip To Washington, D.C. June 9-15, 2018

  • To enter the essay-writing contest, you must be a sophomore or junior in high school.
  • You and your parents or guardian must be served by Nodak Electric Cooperative.
  • If you have a question, contact Gretchen Schmaltz, Nodak Electric, at the address listed below, or call 701-746-4461 during regular business hours.
  • The 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.


Top 3 Reasons To Enter The Essay-Writing Contest

1. All-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., compliments of Nodak Electric Cooperative.

2. A whole week to visit unforgettable historic monuments, museums and the U.S. Capitol.

3. A learning experience you’ll never forget.

Essay Question:

There are approximately 20 million military veterans in the United States today. How shall fellow U.S. citizens honor and look after these veterans, who have served and sacrificed on our behalf? Describe any special connection you may have to a veteran or active-duty member of the military.



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Tractor Safety

Modern farm tractors are the workhorses of agriculture and the safety advances made in their construction in recent years make them safer than ever. But, tragic accidents do still occur on a regular basis. According to OSHA, there are 200 tractor-related deaths annually that happen in the U.S. alone, along with many more accidents that result in serious injury.

These accidents don’t need to happen. To make sure that you don’t become part of these unfortunate statistics, follow these basic guidelines:

  • Be familiar with the terrain and work area. Walk the area first to identify any debris or obstacles that could hinder the ability to drive around the area safely. Use special caution on slopes, slow down for all turns and stay off the highway whenever possible.
  • Always keep the power take-off properly shielded. Walk around the tractor and PTO driven implement, never over, through or between the tractor and implement, particularly if either is running.
  • Keep hitches low and always on the drawbar. Otherwise, the tractor might flip over backward.
  • Never start an engine in a closed shed or garage. Exhaust gas contains carbon monoxide, which is colorless, odorless and deadly.
  • Keep all children off and away from the tractor and its implements at all times. Children are generally attracted to tractors and the work they do.

Source: National Safety Council’s Agricultural Division, the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.

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Minnkota Power Keeps Nodak Electric connected

You may not have seen Minnkota Power Cooperative’s new building in the western part of Grand Forks, but you’ve probably heard about it. It’s going to be a big improvement for them, and it was necessary to address some important compliance issues that would have been too costly to upgrade. At the same time, the process of building this new facility has confirmed something that I’ve always suspected: most people aren’t quite sure what the relationship is between Nodak and Minnkota Power.

How do I know this? Because I get asked about Minnkota Power – a lot. People get especially confused because both Nodak Electric and Minnkota Power have their headquarters in Grand Forks. As a result, everyone from cooperative members to state lawmakers assume that Minnkota Power is (A) a competitor to Nodak Electric; (B) a power plant or (C) the owner of Nodak Electric – or vice versa.

Actually, that last one isn’t too far off. And neither is option B for that matter. You see, Minnkota Power is a cooperative – just like Nodak Electric. However, while Nodak Electric is a co-op owned by electricity users, Minnkota Power is a co-op owned by electrical co-ops, so Nodak is actually one of the owners of Minnkota.

I know that sounds a little strange, but there’s a good reason for it. In 1940, Nodak Electric and several other co-ops from eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota joined together to create Minnkota Power in order to provide generation and transmission services to its members. Along the way, Minnkota Power also agreed to supply electricity to 12 nearby municipalities (Park River and Grafton are two in our service area). To best serve its member-owners and its municipal partners, Minnkota Power today owns and operates the Milton R. Young Station power plant near Center, N.D. In addition, its “energy generation portfolio” includes electricity from three area wind farms, the Garrison Dam and the Coyote power plant near Beulah, N.D. To deliver all of this energy, Minnkota Power maintains more than 3,300 miles of transmission line and more than 250 substations! So, in simple terms, Minnkota generates the electricity and delivers it to Nodak’s service area over high-voltage transmission lines. Substations then lower the voltage to our distribution level and Nodak brings the power from the substations to our member-owners. You see, Nodak Electric and Minnkota Power are separate entities with the same mission: to give you the safest, most reliable and affordable electricity possible.

You should feel proud to be an owner of both Nodak Electric and Minnkota Power! Together, roughly 150,000 residential and commercial users (across nearly 35,000 square miles) benefit from Minnkota’s services. You may not have known you were part of such a powerful team, but that doesn’t change the importance of this strong partnership.

Let me know if you have any other questions about Minnkota Power. I’m always happy to explain how the two organizations work together to serve us all.

Click here to see our Nodak Electric / Minnkota Power infographic.

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