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Local electric cooperatives receive regulatory approval to acquire Alliant Energy’s electric service territory in southern Minnesota


Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

RUSHFORD, MN (May 1, 2015) – Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative (SMEC) received state regulatory approval to acquire Alliant Energy’s Minnesota electric service territory in a verbal decision on Thursday, April 30, 2015, by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC). SMEC is the single point of contact for the purchase of the territory in southern Minnesota by 12 electric cooperatives.

Tri-County Electric Cooperative is one of the 12 participating SMEC cooperatives that will be welcoming new members in the Alliant Energy transaction. For Tri-County the combined territory would serve approximately 15,000 members, a 15 percent increase.

The MPUC-approved acquisition will add approximately 43,000 electric accounts to the systems of all of the 12 SMEC member cooperatives combined.

While the MPUC approved the transaction, several steps remain and it could be months before the acquisition closes and cooperatives welcome new members from Alliant Energy.

About Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative

Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative (SMEC) was formed by 12 electric distribution cooperatives as a single point of contact for the proposed purchase of electric service territory in southern Minnesota from Alliant Energy. The 12 SMEC member cooperatives are BENCO Electric Cooperative, Brown County Rural Electrical Association, Federated Rural Electric, Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services, Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative, Nobles Cooperative Electric, People’s Energy Cooperative, Redwood Electric Cooperative, Sioux Valley Energy, South Central Electric, Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric and Tri-County Electric Cooperative.



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Peterson Aviation, LLC takes flight in the Valley

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

Southeastern Minn., Fillmore County in particular, is already well known for its stunning views and agricultural capabilities. It’s also known for its people; those who call it home and want to make a positive impact on the communities and people ..... 
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Recognizing two businesses in Rushford!

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Friday, April 17. The second event welcomed Root River Floral to its new location in Rushford, located at 303 S. Elm Street. Root River Floral is a full service florist a ..... 
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Recognizing two businesses in Rushford!

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Friday, April 17. The first event welcomed Derek Berg and his new Farm Bureau Financial Services business in Rushford, located at 305 S. Elm Street. Farm Bureau Financial S ..... 
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Ribbon cutting for Thrivent Financial

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

On Friday, April 10, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony coordinated by the Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber to welcome Steve Halvorson and his new Thrivent Financial business in Rushford, located in the Pam’s Corner building (107 State Hwy 16) ..... 
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Rushford agronomy facility upgraded to better serve farmers

By David Bau

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

April 10, 2015 — Work on Farmers Co-op Elevator’s Rushford agronomy facility upgrade is nearing completion. The new receiving and blending system will substantially increase capacity and speed up receiving, blending, and shipping this spring. Sp ..... 
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Rushford authorizes bond sale, contract with Chamber; looks to Highway 43 completion

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

The city of Rushford has approved a bond purchase agreement in relation to a bond refinancing effort discussed in depth last February. The opportunity to refinance a 2009 General Obligation Improvement Bond, purchased for downtown street reconstruct ..... 
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RINtek annual meeting

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

The annual meeting of the Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology (RINTek) will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 starting at 11 a.m. in Stumpy’s basement meeting room. All interested parties are invited to attend and learn about the goals and o ..... 
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Local veteran takes historic tour

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

For Rushford’s Mike Hammell, a recent veteran’s tour provided both the trip of a lifetime and cause for further reflection. “This is something I’ve wanted to do,” he notes. “It was my first time back since 1969.” Having served with t ..... 
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