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!----- Thursday, April 18, 2013 KES-Hilltop intergenerational project D" I, el We are proud to be open and conveniently serve our community! 31083 State Hi 15, Kin ston MN 55325 tel.: For years, area farmers have relied on us for their ag loans. We know agriculture and we work hard to understand each customer's individual needs. We make loans for operating expenses, machinery, livestock and real estate. And, since we're a local independent bank, all loan decisions are made right here. If we can be of help to you, give us a call or stop in and see us. / i /f"G-" LENOER KIMBALL/MAIN OFFICE SAINT AUGUSTA OFFICE ATWATER OFFICE KANDIYOHI OFFICE 398-3500 251-6100 974-8861 382-6100 www.l rveslt) kmn. n Member FDIC VJ Hilltop resident Bernice Kuechle was one of twelve residents partic- ipating in the intergenerational project with KES fifth-graders. (See page 16 for the story, and more photos.) Plant and Play at Steams History Museum Plant and Play, a Healthy and senior gardeners will be on hand Historic Way, will be at Sum- to guide and mentor the junior mer Camp at the Stearns History gardeners (and to get their hands Museum. dirty, too). The seniors and juniors This will be every Thursday can be related (grandparents and from May 16-Aug. 22, 2013 from grandchildren) but need not be. 9 a.m.-noon. The Project welcomes people of all The cost is $50 per child, with ages and relationships. limited scholarships available. Making connections between A vegetable garden, what a gardening in the past - heir- great way to make friends, both loom seeds and raising food out young and old, while having fun! of national necessity - and gar- In conjunction with the Museum dening in the present - locally- exhibit that features World War II sourced food and environmen- Victory Gardens, the Stearns His- tal awareness - will be part of the tory Museum is planning a sum- program. Crafts and activities that mer garden program for seniors support this learning are also part and children. Children will get of thesummer-longproject. their hands dirty planting, nur- To register or volunteer for the turing, and harvesting their own program at the Stearns History vegetables and learning, in the Museum or for more information process, about healthy eating and go to, or outdoor exercise. Experienced call (320) 253-8424. Meeker Cooperative holds 78th Annual Meeting A total of 950 members and unifiedwaywithothercooperatives guests came together April 8 for to bring this message to legislators the 78th Meeker Cooperative Light in St. Paul," Brekke said. & Power Assn. Annual Meeting Meeker Cooperative provided held at its Litchfield headquarters, members with a brochure outlining The theme was "Powering andthe issues of the Omnibus Energy Empowering Members."A three- bills and the anticipated costs, person panel consisting of ]on as well as providing post cards Brekke, vice president of member addressed to Governor Dayton and services from Great River Energy, legislators throughout the Co-op's ]eft Nelson, general manager of service territory urging them not East River Electric Power Coop- to pass energy legislation that will erative and Jim Bach, field repre- increase members' electric bills. sentative for Western Area Power Three directors were elected to Association, spoke about the chal- fill seats on the board. In District 3 lenges of delivering power, includ- candidate Brad Donnaywas elected. ing legislated renewable energy ]effAnderson of District 5 ranunop- mandates and distributed gener- posed and was elected for another ation policy that have a negative three years. Incumbent Larry Huhn impact on electric costs, the retire- and challenger Ben Beckman ran ment of experienced and talented for the District 8 director position. cooperative employees at a time After the votes were tallied again when technological advancesand again, there remained a tie. require Seasoned personnel, and According to the By-Laws, a tie is to the future of generation resources be decided by a coin toss. After both as 20 percent of existing coal candidates were called to the stage, plants could be shut down by 2016. the Co-op's attorney Kim Keithahn Brekkealso delivered a message tossed the coin and it was deter- concerning the current Omni- mined that Ben Beckman won the bus Energy bills being considered seat for District 8. in the Minnesota Legislature and Meelcer Cooperative Light & Power how this legislation could nega- Assn. is a member-owned rural electric tively affect GRE member cooper- cooperative that was founded in 1935. For 78 years, Meetcer Co-op has deliv- atives' energy bills, ered safe, reliable and competitively- "We are driven by what our priced electricity and other value- members are saying to us," Brekke added services to its 8,000 members said."Ourlatestsurveydonein2012 in Meeker, Wright, McLeod, Renville, shows that the interest in renew- Kandiyohi and Stearns counties, while ables is declining, while the impor- remaining good stewards of the envi- tance in power reliability and ronment. Additional services offered by the Cooperative include Exede High- affordability is increasing with our Speed Internet and Heartland Security members. We are working hard in a Systems.