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Student drivers to receive training on power line safety


Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
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Rushford, Minn.- Would you know what to do if you were in a car accident involving power lines? Student drivers in southeast Minnesota will, courtesy of DVDs donated by Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) to local schools and driver's training instructors.

Students from 16 local school districts will be able to view the six minute video created by Safe Electricity that features the story of two teenagers who experienced an accident involving downed power lines. Because they had recently learned the right steps to take, they survived. It includes clips from a live power line demonstration explaining why it's vital to stay inside the vehicle until the electric utility confirms that the lines are de-energized.

"Tragically, many drivers and passengers who survive a car accident involving a power line are electrocuted when they attempt to leave the vehicle," said Brad Pecinovsky, TEC's member services director. "In the vast majority of cases, the safest action is to stay inside the vehicle until the local utility is on the scene to assure the lines are de-energized."

Instincts can help us to avoid danger, but in some situations our natural inclinations can lead to tragic results. If your car hits a power pole or brings a power line down, getting out of a vehicle, with few exceptions is the wrong thing to do. What should you do?

· Call or signal for help. It is safe to use a cell phone if you have one.

· Warn others who may be nearby to stay away and wait until the electric utility arrives to make sure power to the line is cut off.

· The only exception would be if fire or other danger, like the smell of gasoline, is present. In that case, the proper action is to jump-not step-with both feet hitting the ground at the same time. Jump clear. Do not allow any part of your body to touch the vehicle and ground at the same time. Hop to safety keeping both feet together as you leave the area. Like the ripples of a pond or lake, the voltage diminishes the farther out it is from the source. Stepping from one voltage level to another allows the body to become a path for electricity.

· The same rules apply with situations involving farm and construction equipment that comes in contact with electric lines. Those working with large equipment should stay inside the vehicle if the equipment extensions come in contact with power lines.

The Safe Electricity DVD can also be viewed online at www.tec. .....
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Tri-County electric launches youth tour contest

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

Rushford, MN- Area junior and senior high school students have until Feb. 27 to take part in a contest to win an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for the 2011 Rural Electric Youth Tour June 11-16, courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative ..... 
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Arc Southeastern MN annual awards banquet

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
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Arc Southeastern Minnesota recently held its Annual Awards Banquet and annual meeting at the Eagle Bluff Learning Center, in Lanesboro, MN.

The following people were elected 2011 officers of the Arc Southeastern Minnesota Board of Directors ..... 
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Local propane company to have new owner in 2011

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
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Rushford, Minn.- The new year brings a change in ownership of Country Comfort, a limited liability company, which provides propane service to customers in northwest Wisconsin and under the business name of Selectus Energy in southeast Minnesota.
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AgStar Board Approves Cash Patronage Payout Retiring 2001 allocations of $13.9 million

Thu, Jan 27th, 2011
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MANKATO, Minn. (January 25, 2011) - AgStar Financial Services' Board of Directors has approved the retirement of the 2001 patronage allocations. With the 2001 retirement, AgStar will have distributed $13.9 million in earnings to near ..... 
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Managing director resigns from Commonweal

Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

LANESBORO, MN - The Board of Directors of the Commonweal Theatre, located in historic downtown Lanesboro, has received a letter of resignation from its Managing Director, Eric Bunge, at the request of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors ..... 
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There's a new name in the city of Harmony

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
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Andrew Batstone is new to southeastern Minnesota, but he is no stranger to the cold winters and crazy climate of the north. Batstone was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, and he graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in accoun ..... 
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New director brings something new to Lanesboro Public Library

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
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The Lanesboro Public Library has recently hired Tara Johnson as its library director. Johnson brings a wealth of work experience and enthusiasm to the position. She is excited to continue the library's current programs and to also set goals for incr ..... 
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Haugerud named General Manager of SMG Web Design

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
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On October 17, 2010, SMG Web Design was born with the hiring of Sheena Suckow -- the first official employee of this hopeful business venture.

By April of 2010, SMG Web Design was encouraged enough by the demand for website development and h ..... 
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