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Power and Money - Who is paying the most for electricity?


Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Power costs money. When residents and business owners of Fillmore County receive their monthly utility bills, they see firsthand the cost of their consumption.

But, how does your utility bill compare with others in the region and the nation? Specifically, this article is going to focus on residential electric rates.

State and National Averages

The 2012 average monthly bill (residential) in the United States based on a report provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration was $107.28 with an average monthly consumption of 903 kilowatt hours (kWh) at a rate of 11.88 cents/kWh.

In Minnesota, the average monthly consumption in 2012 was 793 kilowatt hours at a rate of 11.35 cents/kWh for an average monthly bill of $90.06. In neighboring states like Iowa, the rate was lower at 10.82 cents/kWh, and Wisconsin was much higher at 13.82 cents/kWh. Obviously, the higher the kWh rate, the higher your electric bills are based on comparable consumption.

If you were lucky enough to live in Hawaii in 2012, your average monthly electric bill would have been $203.15 at a rate of 37.34 cents/kWh. But, since you would have been living in Hawaii with the highest electric rates in the U.S., surely your electric bill would have been the least of your concerns. After all, you’re in Hawaii.

The lowest electric rates in the nation in 2012 came from the great state of Louisiana. But, while the electric rates were 8.37 cents/kWh, the consumption was nearly 39 percent above the national average.

Tri-County Electric Cooperative

In the Fillmore County area, Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) directly and indirectly serves the most number of customers of any electric utility. According to TEC President/CEO Brian Krambeer, “We serve about 11,000 members and have about 13,000 active accounts.”

Tri-County Electric Cooperative, which employs 51 individuals in their service territory, operates out of Rushford with outposts in Caledonia, Harmony and Spring Valley.

They serve the rural areas of Houston, Fillmore and Winona counties, including the cities of Brownsville, Canton, Fountain, and Houston. According to Krambeer, they “also serve wholesale power to the cities of Caledonia, Eitzen, Harmony, Lanesboro, Mabel, Peterson, Rushford, Spring Grove, and Whalan.”

With TEC, they do have seasonal rate fluctuation, so the months of June, .....
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Johnson dazzled by fireworks engagement

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Haeli Johnson’s life changed the day she graduated from Lanesboro High School in 2008. It was not only the fact that she had graduated, but it was also because of who she met at her graduation party. Haeli’s cousin, Jordan Johnson, stopped ..... 
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Tienter-Ertl couple to celebrate true small town wedding

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

As many people from small towns know it can be difficult to find love in a community where you are related to almost everyone--and if you find someone you’re not related to you just might want to confirm with grandma. Lucky for bride-to-be Grace T ..... 
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Wedding venues plentiful in Fillmore County

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
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As we all know, but sometimes forget, Fillmore County is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Minnesota. Nestled in the Root River Valley, we are privy to astounding bluffs, hardwood forests and historic areas that can only be found in o ..... 
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Unsolved mystery in death of family dog

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
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As animal lover’s know, a pet becomes part of the family when it is brought home. Joe and Angi Kaase and their sons, Ryli and Quinci, felt this way about their 15 month-old German Shepherd named Tyson. Ryli and Quinci loved spending time with ..... 
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Lanesboro mourns the loss of three

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

As the story topped many media outlets’ broadcasts and headlines across southeastern Minnesota for days, those in the community of Lanesboro were hoping for the best, or at least some piece of good news, as law enforcement officials, dive teams, a ..... 
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Preston Red Kettle Campaign helps county

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

The Salvation Army of Fillmore County held one of its Red Kettle Campaigns on Friday, December 20, 2013 in Preston, Minn., which is a very important fundraising event for the Salvation Army in Fillmore County as it collects a large portion of the en ..... 
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Find your Serenity Within in Preston

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

A new business has opened in Preston, Minn. where area residents can go for a relaxing massage that can be beneficial to their health and well-being. Nancy Back has opened Serenity Within, which is located at 133 Fillmore Street W., Suite 4, in dow ..... 
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There was no parade

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
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My brother, Norman Peterson, was an Air Force Aviator, having enlisted in the Air Force in 1947 and served his country for 22 years. Being a younger brother I have many memories of my brother, mainly when he would come home on leave to Cresco, Iowa. ..... 
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