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2017 News Releases
Minnkota Power Cooperative will be conducting two prearranged outages next week, weather permitting, as crews perform necessary substation maintenance. These outages will result in loss of power two different nights for Beltrami Electric Cooperative members on the Leech Lake substation.
The first outage will occur Wednesday morning, May 31, at 12:01 am and may last until 2:00 am. The second prearranged outage will occur on Friday morning, June 2, at 12:01 am and may last until 2:00 am. These two outages will affect approximately 1,120 Beltrami Electric members in the following areas:
South of Steamboat Lake and south to the north end of Walker, Oak Point, east side of Kabekona Lake, and also east of Laporte. Beltrami Electric members affected by these outages will receive a phone notification call from Beltrami Electric on Tuesday, May 30.
Minnkota Power and Beltrami Electric would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank members for their patience and understanding during these two brief outages.
Beltrami Electric Cooperative held its 77th annual meeting on Thursday, April 20, at the Bemidji High School. Around 625 members and guests attended the event at which Charlie Perkins, Craig Gaasvig and Rick Coe were elected to the cooperative board.
In District 2, Donald (Charlie) Perkins ran unopposed and received 1,791 votes. Charlie replaces Lea Perkins, who served as director since 2005, and has reached her term limit. The District 4 race saw Craig Gaasvig defeat Christina Regas 1,118 - 842. Gaasvig replaces longtime director Jerry Larson, who served three stints as a director from 1978-84, 1990-2002 and 2011-2017, and did not seek reelection. In District 6, incumbent director Rick Coe ran unopposed and received 1,801 votes.
Members attended the dinner and business meeting, which featured door prizes, the election, a financial update and presentations from Beltrami Electric CEO Jared Echternach and Minnkota Power Cooperative CEO Mac McLennan.
Next year’s meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2018, and will once again be held at Bemidji High School.
The Beltrami Electric Cooperative Trust Board for Operation Round Up® met recently and awarded 21 grants to area nonprofit and community organizations totaling $26,142.
Operation Round Up® is a charitable program unique to electric cooperatives and is designed to give members a means of working together to use their small change to make a big impact in their local communities.
The Trust Board for Operation Round Up® meets quarterly to review applications for grants and disburse funds. Funding guidelines and grant applications are available at the BEC office or by visiting www.beltramielectric.com. The next quarterly application deadline is June 30, 2017.
Beltrami Electric Cooperative will host their 11th annual Multi-Vendor Indoor Garage Sale on Saturday, May 6, from 8:00 am – 2:30 p.m. in the garage located at 4111 Technology Drive NW in Bemidji. Shoppers will have access to 91 booths, with a huge variety of new and used merchandise. The entrance fee is $1 per person, with kids 12 and under visiting for free. Food concessions will be available, featuring coffee from Dunn Brothers and rolls from Raphael’s Bakery. All proceeds of the event (booth rental, entrance fees and concessions) will benefit the United Way of the Bemidji Area.
Beltrami Electric Cooperative once again requests the public’s help to beautify Lake Bemidji State Park. The 18th annual Project GreenTouch, presented by Minnesota’s Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives, is scheduled for Saturday, May 6 from 10 am to 2 pm.
Come join other volunteers as they help spruce up Lake Bemidji State Park for the 2017 season. We encourage volunteers to dress for the weather and bring their own work gloves. A grilled picnic lunch will be served to those who participate. You need not be a member of Beltrami Electric Cooperative to volunteer. To be a part of GreenTouch Day and help our Minnesota state parks, R.S.V.P by calling Angela at 444-3689 or 1-800-955-6083 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of Beltrami Electric Cooperative are invited to attend the cooperative’s 77th annual meeting to be held at Bemidji High School on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Registration and dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting slated for 7 p.m.
Members will elect directors from Districts 2, 4 and 6 by mail ballot, through online voting or in person prior to the annual meeting. The election results will be announced at the meeting.
The meeting will feature reports from cooperative management and other business that may properly come before the meeting. The featured speaker will be Robert “Mac” McLennan, president and CEO of Minnkota Power Cooperative in Grand Forks, N.D.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Beltrami Electric Cooperative at 444-2540 or 1-800-955-6083.
Beltrami Electric is pleased to announce that Maranatha (Mara) Cobb has been selected as the co-operative’s 2017 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour representative. She will join 1,500 high school students representing their cooperatives on an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 10-15, 2017. This trip is part of an annual Youth Tour sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) and Beltrami Electric Cooperative.
Ms. Cobb will attend the five-day event that includes visits to the Smithsonian, Mt. Vernon, the National Archives, Arlington National Cemetery and the Jefferson, Lincoln, Washington, FDR and Martin Luther King memorials. She will also spend a day on “The Hill” where she and other Youth Tour representatives will meet with legislators and witness first-hand the day-to-day operation of the federal legislature.
As part of the selection process, candidates are required to submit an application, write a 500-word essay and submit two letters of reference from teachers, group or community leaders. Finalists for this year’s tour visited the co-op for a short interview.
Cobb, a Bemidji homeschool student, was selected based on her strong educational background and commitment to her community – qualities that Beltrami Electric believes are important in our future community leaders. In her essay, Cobb stressed the importance of reliable electricity; how it keeps us connected while powering our daily lives.
Cobb welcomes the opportunity to further her knowledge of the legislative process and hopes to gain from her experience a better understanding of our nation’s rich political history and looks forward to sharing that experience when she returns. Mara is the daughter of Kenneth and Abbigail Cobb of Bemidji, Minn.
Beltrami Electric Cooperative will hold District meetings in three of the cooperative’s districts whose directors are up for re-election. Nominations will be accepted for director positions at these meetings. Members interested in running for a director position should attend their district meeting where they are eligible for nomination by another member of the co-op. The top two candidates as determined by popular vote will have their names on the general election ballot.
District meetings are held each year in accordance with the cooperative’s bylaws. Attendance to these meetings in encouraged, as they are a great way to stay informed about the cooperative and to express concerns or ideas to directors and staff. The meetings also serve as a prelude to the upcoming annual meeting to be held Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Bemidji High School. District meetings have been scheduled for Beltrami Electric members residing in Districts 2, 4 and 6 as follows:
District 4: Monday, March 6 at the Blackduck Senior Citizen Center
Jerry Larson is the incumbent. District 4 includes the following Townships in Beltrami County: Birch, Hagali, Hines, Port Hope, Summit and Taylor. District 4 also includes Third River Township in Itasca County.
The District 2: Tuesday, March 7 in the Board Room at the Red Lake Nation College
This will be a vacant position due to term limits held by Lea Perkins. District 2 includes Beltrami Electric Cooperative service areas within the Red Lake Reservation.
The District 6: Friday, March 10 in the Community Room at Beltrami Electric
Rick Coe is the incumbent. District 6 includes the following Townships in Beltrami County: Bemidji (Sections 1-24), Northern, Turtle River and Frohn (Sections 1-18)
Beltrami Electric Cooperative is now accepting applications for the 2017 Youth Tour, an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 10-15, 2017. Each year the cooperative sponsors one high school junior (will be a senior in the fall of 2017) whose parent or guardian is a member of Beltrami Electric Cooperative.
Students on the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour will have the opportunity to meet with elected representatives in the U.S. House and Senate, discuss the process of government and increase their overall knowledge of electric cooperatives and U.S. history. They will also spend time touring several historic sites in Washington, D.C. Students have said that the Youth Tour was the best week of their entire summer!”
To qualify, candidates must submit an application, write a 500-word essay from a list of selected topics, and submit two letters of reference from teachers, group or community leaders and have a parent or guardian who is a member of Beltrami Electric Cooperative.
Applications must be received by Wednesday, March 1, 2017, and are available at your high school counselor’s office or via download at Beltrami Electric’s website at www.beltramielectric.com/content/youth-tour-washington-dc.
Beltrami Electric has selected Bemidji High School’s Andrea Bunich as the cooperative’s representative for the 2015 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, where she will join hundreds of high school students representing their cooperatives on an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 13-18, 2015. This trip is a part of an annual Youth Tour sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) and Beltrami Electric Cooperative.
Ms. Bunich is very active in her school. Not only is she a member of the National Honor Society and the Math League, she also works with the high school’s stage crew. She was a place winner at the Northern Minnesota Mathematics contest in 2013. She volunteers with the Hubbard County Homemakers, has participated in Sanford Bemidji Medical Center’s Annual Walk to Remember, and is active with her church youth group. In college, she plans to pursue a degree in Pharmacy.
The tour includes visits to several historic monuments and museums. Representatives will also spend a day on “The Hill” meeting with legislators and witnessing the day-to-day operations of the federal legislature. Andrea was selected based on her strong educational background and community involvements, qualities that Beltrami Electric Cooperative believes are important in our future community leaders.
Andrea is the daughter of Christopher and Jennifer Bunich, Bemidji, Minn.
Beltrami Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative located in Bemidji, Minn. Established in 1940, Beltrami Electric provides power to almost 17,000 member-owners within a 3,000 square mile service area located in the lakes region of north-central Minnesota.