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Wisconsin electric co-ops helping Florida rebuild

Volunteer line crews from ­­18 Wisconsin electric cooperatives are joining in Florida’s massive recovery effort, helping rebuild shattered electric systems in the wake of Hurricane Irma’s devastation. The Florida Electric Cooperatives Association, a statewide trade group, put out a call for help last Thursday, anticipating Irma’s Sunday morning landfall and the huge storm’s potential to

Texas co-ops in recovery mode; here’s how you can help

Spared the worst of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction, Texas electric co-ops have pulled together for a major recovery effort. According to Martin Bevins, vice president for communications and member services with Texas Electric Cooperatives, more than one-third of the statewide organization’s 75 member co-ops have been participating in mutual aid. The worst devastation occurred outside co-op


How do you like them apples?

Gays Mills Orchards offer abundance of fall fun This publication has long had an affinity for the apple orchards that line the ridge along Highway 171 just outside of Gays Mills in Southwest Wisconsin. After all, our histories are uniquely entwined. Legend has it that the very seed for the Wisconsin REA News was planted

A Stormy Conversation

Since the peak storm season began this spring, damaging weather has affected many parts of rural Wisconsin. Tornados, high winds, lightning, heavy rains, and flooding have caused significant damage to a number of electric cooperative distribution systems, prompting activation of mutual assistance among multiple co-ops to get the lights back on as soon as it

Youth Board elected; Jump River names new manager; Price director passes; Nominees confirmed; Consumers losing in IL retail competition

Youth Board members elected Sponsored by local electric cooperatives across the state, more than 120 students took part in this summer’s 54th Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association (WECA) Youth Leadership Congress at UW-River Falls. Here, students participate in a team-building exercise, and the freshly elected WECA Youth Board for the coming year poses for their first