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Co-ops Vote—Election Chaos, the Electoral College, and Electric Cooperatives

Election Day is near, and if 2020 is to maintain its reputation, it will be wrought with chaos, questions, and controversy. But a recent Supreme Court decision will offer a little clarity. In a unanimous ruling, the high court made it very clear that states are entitled to penalize “faithless electors,” that is, delegates who

Connections to the Past

There’s just something about a bridge that gives it an almost romantic quality. Many a poet, painter, and writer of prose have been inspired by the sight of a bridge, or even just the idea of one. Perhaps it’s because a bridge is a symbol of triumph—a physical means of getting over an obstacle. Maybe

Four ways to be Cyber Safe

We all know the internet can be dangerous and scary, and we’ve all seen the lists of ideas for better cybersecurity. The problem is, cybersecurity tips aren’t helpful unless we act on them. Sure, we should use long passwords and change them regularly—but will we really do that? This article includes four tips for making

WECN presents editorial awards to local editors

Awards for excellence in presenting local news in the Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News (WECN) magazine were recently presented to seven of Wisconsin’s electric cooperatives. Awards were given in four editorial categories: Co-op News, Human Interest, Photography, and Energy Education. Serving as a judge for this year of the annual local pages contest was Donna Abernathy,

Celebrating Democracy

The best way to celebrate democracy is by encouraging full participation in the election process, which directly drives the issues and priorities that affect our daily lives. That’s why the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association and Wisconsin’s 25 electric cooperatives are supporting National Voter Registration Day on September 22. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, less

Ridge Takes Helm at Dairyland | Kind, Baldwin Support Savings for Electric Co-ops | NRECA Challenges FCC Decision on 6 GHz Band | “Milk Gallon Giveaway” Promotion a Success | Jana Adams Next Executive Director for Touchstone Energy | Utility Assistance Still Available

Ridge Takes the Helm at Dairyland Power Cooperative Brent Ridge is the new president and CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative, taking over for Barb Nick, who retired in July. Ridge, 53, comes to Dairyland from Richland, Washington, where he was employed by Energy Northwest, most recently serving in the roles of vice president, corporate services,