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Rushford-Peterson Senior wins trip to Washington D.C.


Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Stephanie Wick, a senior at Rushford-Peterson High School, won an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC). As the winner of TEC's Youth Tour Contest, Wick will represent the cooperative on the 2010 Rural Electric Youth Tour June 12-17 in Washington D.C. She is the daughter of Robert and Michele Wick.

"While meeting nationally known political figures and visiting historical sites in and around the capitol, students learn about electric cooperatives on a local, state and national level," said Brian Krambeer, TEC's president/CEO.

Contestants completed TEC's online contest exam. Those scoring 90 percent or greater were granted interviews. A panel of judges made up from members of TEC's Advisory Committee and board of directors, selected Wick as this year's winner.

In June, Wick will join about 1,400 other high school students sponsored by other electric cooperatives across the country. Electric cooperatives have been sending students to participate in this unique program since the early 1960s. To date, over 40,000 students from rural areas and small towns all over America have participated in the Rural Electric Youth Tour.

Each year TEC hosts the Youth Tour Contest, which is open to high school juniors or seniors attending one of the following high schools: Caledonia, Chosen Valley, Cotter, Fillmore Central, Houston, Kingsland, La Crescent, Lanesboro, LeRoy-Ostrander, Lewiston-Altura, Mabel-Canton, Rushford-Peterson, St. Charles, Spring Grove, Stewartville or Winona. Home schoolers who live within the cooperative's service territory are also eligible. For more information about TEC's Youth Tour visit www.tec.coop.

TEC is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving three counties in Minnesota including Winona, Houston and Fillmore and parts of Olmsted and Mower counties in Minnesota and Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties in Iowa. It provides electricity to more than 12,800 services in the area.

AgStar Fund for Rural America is Accepting Grant Applications for Feasibility Studies

Mon, Mar 29th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Mankato, Minn. (March 29, 2010) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program for AgStar Financial Services, is offering $50,000 to rural communities as part of their Feasibility Study Grant Program. This grant program, available to ..... 
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Semcac Board names new executive director

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Wayne Stenberg has accepted the position as Semcac's new executive director according to Patty Miller, the agency's board president. Miller stated, "Stenberg will be the sixth director in the agency's 43-year history. The organization, which has its ..... 
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Haugerud joins SMG Web Design team

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Luke Haugerud was born and raised in Harmony, Minnesota. His interest in computers and technology began at an early age. He began to learn simple website design techniques while attending high school. After high school, Luke took a semester of anima ..... 
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Suckow new to Fillmore County Journal and SMG Web Design

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Sheena Suckow joined the Journal and SMG Web Design team in October 2009 as a Graphic/Web Designer.

Sheena grew up in the Decorah area and went to college at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, graduating with a graphic com ..... 
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Area food shelves stocked with energy efficient light bulbs

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The annual Minnesota FoodShare Campaign is in full swing and local participating food shelves are stocked with energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

The CFLs are part of a promotion by Tri-County Electric Cooperative to en ..... 
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Preston electricity customers offered bulk-buy, rebates to make vending machines more profitable

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The average beverage vending machine costs around $300 in energy costs to operate each year. By installing a small, simple device called a VendingMiser on your machine, you can reduce your machine's energy usage by 46 percent and save approximately ..... 
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SPRING THAW REMINDER - FLOODING CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE

Tue, Mar 9th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Lincoln, Neb., March 9, 2010 - As spring approaches, State Farm Insurance encourages area residents to be aware of their local risk for flooding and recommends precautions to protect lives and property.

Before a flood:

• Learn how ..... 
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F & M Community Bank promotes Mary Schwarz to assistant vice president

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

At a recent Board of Directors meeting, Mary Schwarz was appointed as an officer of F & M Bank with the title of Assistant Vice President. This promotion recognizes her achievements, abilities and responsibilities at F & M Community Bank and it is a ..... 
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