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Harnessing Hydro

Ever since he was young, growing up on a dairy farm near a stream in Fond du Lac County, Ed Hass has greatly appreciated earth’s most abundant natural resource—water. So years later, when he settled near Ellsworth on Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services lines, he purchased land along a quarter mile of Isabelle Creek, which flows

Off the Rails and on to Trails

400 State Trail Marks Milestone Anniversary Back in the days before divided highways crossed the state and nonstop flights were readily available, the fastest way to travel from Chicago to Minneapolis was to ride the rails. Starting in 1939, the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad offered the 400, an express train that got its name from

Spring is A Time for Advocacy

Springtime always brings new opportunities to work with our state legislators and the Wisconsin delegation in the U.S. Congress. This year was no different. In March, we had the chance to host Education and Lobby Days for our members. This event allows electric cooperative representatives to meet with our elected officials in Madison to discuss


This month I will update you on a trip that I took in March where my transportation was an electric vehicle (EV). I rented a Mustang Mach-e from Medford Motors and drove to Nashville for a meeting and some personal travel, totaling about 3,200 miles. I had considered this in the past, but didn’t follow

E-bike Emergence

Electric bicycles, or e-bikes, are becoming more and more popular, both for recreation and transportation. If you’ve considered purchasing an EV but aren’t quite sure, some say an e-bike is a nice, entry-level option to the e-vehicle market. e-bike basics: Electric bicycles don’t look much different than traditional bikes at quick glance, but look closer

News Briefs

Dairyland CEO Appointed to National Nuclear Task Force Dairyland President and CEO Brent Ridge has been appointed to the Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) Used Fuel Executive Task Force. Based in Washington, D.C., the NEI is the policy organization of the nuclear technologies industry and provides strategic guidance and support on used fuel-related legislative, policy, and