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Dairyland Power adding solar energy resources


Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

LA CROSSE, Wis.— Dairyland Power has signed an agreement with Minnesota-Three, LLC, to purchase the renewable energy produced by a planned large solar facility, to be located along U.S. Highway 52 north of Rochester, Minn.

The new solar installation will be 517 kilowatts (kW), and could produce enough energy to power nearly 60 homes. The facility will be located in the Oronoco Crossings business park and interconnected to People’s Energy Cooperative power delivery system. Construction of the solar facility is scheduled to begin this spring and planned to be operational by June 1, 2014.

The solar installation will be developed, owned and managed by Minnesota-Three, LLC, owned by three Dairyland member cooperatives: Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services (Albert Lea, Minn.), People’s Energy Cooperative (Oronoco, Minn.) and Tri-County Electric Cooperative (Rushford, Minn.). Dragonfly Solar of Lakeville, Minn., will be responsible for engineering, procurement and construction for the project which will utilize U.S. manufactured solar components.

“The development of this solar project complements Dairyland’s current renewable energy resources, which provide about 12 percent of our members’ energy,” said Bill Berg, President and CEO. “Expanding solar resources is consistent with Dairyland’s strategic intent to diversify our energy resources portfolio.”

Dairyland also purchases the excess energy output from a 368 kW solar generation facility owned by the City of Galena, Ill., and a number of smaller distributed generation projects. There are over 300 customer-owned solar photovoltaic facilities in the Dairyland system and that number continues to grow.

The managers of the local electric cooperatives that make up Minnesota-Three shared a joint statement about the opportunity to bring solar energy to their part of the state. “Going it alone on a project like this would not have been possible. Electric co-ops have a rich history of working together, whether it is helping to restore power following a storm or providing additional programs or services to their memberships. We couldn’t be more pleased about working together to bring renewable energy to this area of Minnesota that will benefit our members,” stated Elaine Garry, President/CEO of People’s Energy Cooperative; Brian Krambeer, President/CEO of Tri-County Electric Cooperative; and Jim Krueger, President/CEO of Free .....
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Lanesboro jewelry artist receives Minnesota State Awards Board Grant

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

Award winning jewelry designer and goldsmith Michael Seiler of Crown Trout Jewelers, Lanesboro, MN has been awarded an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in the area of Visual Arts. Seiler will purchase studio equipment that ..... 
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The third annual March Meltdown Winter Carnival for Habitat for Humanity is just around the corner!

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

Make plans to come to Wheeler’s Bar and Grill in Harmony on Saturday, March 1 for the March Meltdown festivities. New this year everything begins at 4 p.m. and FREE carnival games for the kids and those who are young at heart. ECFE will be helpi ..... 
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An update on the Lanesboro water situation

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

Lanesboro is currently experiencing freezing water pipes throughout town. The city will continue to work to restore water service to affected homes and busiensses. However, outages may continue to occur. The City is asking everyone to please turn ..... 
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Spring Valley florist receives recognition as an FTD premier florist

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Business Announcements

SPRING VALLEY, Minn.- Carol, Jacob and Jered Gehling from Spring Valley Greenhouse & Floral have recently been designated as an FTD Premier Florist. This elite recognition is only available to top quality florists that are a part of the 100 year-old ..... 
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Veteran Cemetery Ground Breaking book order

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

Photo books are available from the Veteran Cemetery Ground Breaking. Contact Kristina Kohn, Fillmore County Human Resources Officer at 507-765-4566 or Fillmore County Veteran Services Office at 507-765-4937 Price: $18.13; all orders must be pre- ..... 
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Habitat repurposing show moved to fall

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

WINONA, Minn. – The Winona ReStore and Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties has adjusted the date for their second annual “Your Home: ReStyled, RePurposed, ReVived” event to take place on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Winona Natio ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre announces new board members

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

LANESBORO, Minn. — The Commonweal Theatre Company is pleased to announce new board members for 2014. At its latest meeting, the Commonweal Theatre Board of Directors accepted the retirement of board members Michael Bigelow Dixon and Dave Harrenste ..... 
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Co-op announces special year-end refund of $500,000

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Members of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) are seeing the benefits of co-op membership on this month’s statements as the board of directors issued a special $500,000 year-end refund. The action was taken by the board beca ..... 
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