Entries by Katie Nelson

Extension cord safety

Courtesy: Electrical Safety Foundation International Using extension cords properly is critical to your safety. With continuous use over time, an extension cord can rapidly deteriorate, creating a potentially dangerous electric shock or fire hazard. Stay safe from electric shock and electrical fires with the following tips: •Do not overload extension cords or allow them to […]

10 Outdoor Lighting Tips to help you stay jolly

Courtesy: Safe Electricity.org Be Safe During the Ho Ho Holidays! Before you plan out your new holiday lighting scheme or repeat last year’s festive design, keep these 10 safety tips in mind when decorating outdoors: Do not toss light strands up into the air. They could get too close to or come into contact with […]

USDA funding available to help low-income individuals and families buy or repair homes

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has funding available for very low-and low-income individuals and families seeking to purchase or repair a home in a rural area. The Direct Home Loan program offers financing to qualified very-low and low-income applicants that are unable to qualify for traditional financing. No down payment is required, […]

Manager Connection – Record-Breaking Capital Credit Equity

By Syd Briggs,General Manager Did you notice on the front page of December’s Sparks newsletter, the Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric board of directors approved the retirement of $1.694 million in capital credit equity allocated in 1994, 1995, 2020, and estate settlements in 2021. Our average retirement, or refund, over the past 10 years has been $1,091,209, […]

Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric board approves new record retirement of capital credit equity

The Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric board of directors, during their Oct. 27 meeting, approved the co-op’s record-breaking retirement of $1.694 million in capital credit equity allocated in 1994, 1995, 2020, and estate settlements in 2021. The previous record was $1.615 million retired in 2020. All current and former member-owners who received electric service from Steele-Waseca during […]

KW Saves kWhs: Sun in the day-Drapes at night & Bundle up

With winter coming to your area soon, here are a couple easy ways to help you lower your heating costs. Check back each month for additional ideas. Let the sun in during the day and close the drapes at nightSunshine coming through your windows can help heat up a room. Opening and closing drapes strategically […]

Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric nominating committee appointments announced for 2022

The Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric board of directors have made appointments to the 2022 Nominating Committee. It is the nominating committee’s responsibility to prepare the list of director candidates, and post it at the cooperative’s office at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting scheduled Tuesday, June 7, 2022. The election of directors will take […]

Supporting electric co-op members across Minnesota, Connexus Energy successfully challenges unlawful BNSF practices

Courtesy: Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) Connexus Energy and electric cooperatives across the state were handed a critical victory, Sept. 9, regarding fees and requirements related to rail- road crossings. The Minnesota Public Utilities Com- mission (PUC) decided in favor of Con- nexus in a petition for resolution of a dispute with BNSF Railway Company. […]

Manager Connection – Cooperative Principles

By Syd Briggs,General Manager You may recall last month, my column touched on the first three cooperative principles, so as cooperative month concludes, I’d like to reflect on the remaining four principles, as they, like the previous three, are essential to the co-op business model, benefit all members of the co-op, and make me thankful […]