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October Message from the Manager

By the community, for the community

Jerry King

Every October, cooperatives across the country, including Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative, celebrate who we are and more importantly, the members we serve during National Co-op Month.  This year’s theme is “By the Community, for the Community.” 

Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative was founded in 1945 when neighbors worked together to bring electricity to our rural communities. The co-op – on behalf of the member-owners – committed to provide the community with electricity.

Fast forward to today – and tomorrow. Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative delivers electricity to more than 1,400 member-owners at over 4,400 meters in our service area.  Delivering safe, reliable, affordable power is our top priority, but we are also invested in our communities.  Our close connection to the community ensures we get a first-hand perspective on local priorities, thereby enabling us to make the best decisions for our membership.

We are more than your energy provider.  We are a local business that supports our communities and powers economic development and prosperity for the people.  We participate in local chamber of commerce and economic development events, sponsor a student on the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., offer college scholarships, participate in community service projects and award grants through our Operation Round Up program.

Ultimately, the larger community benefits from these programs because of you and your neighbors. You empower the co-op through your membership and through your participation in and support of these programs.

We understand the spirit that created this co-op must be continually nurtured.  While times and technology will continue to change, our commitment to our members will not.

We invite you to join us in celebrating National Co-op Month by attending a Co-op Month event being hosted in your area.

2019 Co-op Month Events
October 1-31
Donations of winter coats, gloves, hats and food pantry items accepted throughout the month at Columbus Headquarters, Crosby Outpost, and Kenmare Outpost

Wednesday, October 16
Supper @ Kenmare Memorial Hall
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by BDEC, RTC, Town and Country Credit Union, Farmers Union Lumber, Farmers Union Oil, Farmers Union Insurance, CHS SunPrairie and Renville County Farmers Union

Wednesday, October 16
BBQ @ Divide County High School Football Game
6:30 p.m. until gone
Sponsored by BDEC, NCC and New Century Ag

Tuesday, October 22
Pancake Breakfast @ Powers Lake Senior Citizens Center
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Sponsored by BDEC, NCC and Farmers Union Oil


Until next time,


Jerry King
General manager

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