Our Gift to You


While being the editor of a statewide electric cooperative publication may seem pretty glamorous (ha), it’s not all “kitchen kits” and “kids and critters.” But the good outweighs the bad, and I’m supremely lucky to be able to work with staff and directors from electric cooperatives across Wisconsin.

In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is important to take a step back and really be thankful for the simple things. When working on this issue of this publication, I had a moment of gratitude for my job—specifically, when we were combing through the submissions for our Favorite View Photo Contest.

First was the gratitude for this beautiful state we live in. Flipping through the photo submissions was a reminder that we are surrounded by beauty, often right outside our kitchen windows. Second was the gratitude that looking through beautiful pictures is part of my job, though it wasn’t as easy as it sounds. My colleagues and I struggled to pick a winner. But this image, titled “Icy Morning” and submitted by Amy Krumenauer from Jump River Electric Cooperative, was our favorite. Amy wins a Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News kitchen kit for her submission of the Flambeau River starting to freeze.

So as our gift to you, our readers, please enjoy these contest submissions.

Wishing you health and happiness this holiday season!

Icy Morning
Amy Krumenauer, Jump River Electric

Tower Ridge Ski Trail Barton G., Eau Claire Energy Cooperative

Around the Bend Laura Hannan, Oakdale Electric


Winter Pasture
Tim Bliek, Eau Claire Energy

Joclynn Paris Kudzinski, Oakdale Electric

Mom’s Road
Melody Behringer, Riverland Energy

Fall Colors of Round Lake
Aaron Conner, Jump River Electric

Sun Setting on Farm
Christina Benson, Scenic Rivers

Camp Luther at Three Lakes
Pam Pfankuch, Eau Claire Energy

Brighter Days After the Storm
Samantha Maaske, Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services