October 23, 2017

I Remember: Growing Up With Family And Community

Throughout my growing up years, my father and grandfather farmed together in Michigan’s Lapeer County. They were both full-time farmers until the mid-1950s when dad began working elsewhere. Our 160-acre family farm included milk cows, hogs, sheep and … [Read more...]

Co-op Careers Offer Paycheck And A Purpose

October is National Cooperative Month! Every day in this country, more than 75,000 men and women go to work at America’s electric cooperatives to keep the lights on for 42 million energy consumers in 47 states. It’s challenging work, but in addition to a … [Read more...]

Michigan Co-ops Empower Future Leaders

Youth Tour Washington, D.C. Highlights Designed to inspire the leaders of tomorrow, Youth Tour teaches the brightest students of Michigan about their past—and helps equip them with the skills they need to be Michigan’s next generation of energy-minded … [Read more...]

I Remember: Sometimes You’ve Got to Get Lost to Find Your Way

I decided to make Michigan my permanent home in an unlikely spot—while bodysurfing waves in Lake Worth, Florida. I’d hitchhiked from my hometown of Grand Rapids out to Colorado, then meandered my way back east and down along the seaboard. I thought I’d … [Read more...]

I Remember When The Electricity Came On

Born in the winter of 1929 at our home on Elder Road in Alden, Mich., I was the ninth child in a family of 12. When World War II ended, life started to become normal again. My dad was back home from Detroit where he had worked during the war to earn money … [Read more...]

Thank A Lineworker On April 10

As the “first responders” of the electric co-op family, lineworkers perform around-the-clock duties in dangerous conditions and challenging situations to keep power flowing and protect the public’s safety. These brave members of our community go above and … [Read more...]

I Remember: Bright Spots In Dark Days

Thinking back to my fondest Michigan memories, some of them came during the darkest days of my life. I am not only a member of Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op, but also an employee for the past 25 years. To me, it is much more than just a place to … [Read more...]

I Remember: The Wonder Of Michigan Always Brings Us Home

The eldest of five siblings, I was the only one born in Michigan while my father was in boot camp. We were stationed in Alaska until I was nine and my youngest brother was almost two when my father decided to end his military career and move us all back … [Read more...]

Michigan Co-ops Inspire Tomorrow’s Leaders Today With Youth Tour 2017

Designed to inspire the leaders of tomorrow, Youth Tour teaches the brightest students of Michigan about their past—and helps equip them with the skills they need to be Michigan's next generation of energy-minded leaders. This is a once-in-a-lifetime, … [Read more...]

Adventures For Rural Veterans – Apply By Jan. 31

As far as Michigan's electric Cooperatives are concerned, there should be “No Barriers” to veterans with disabilities. That’s the name—and the idea—behind Co-Bank’s No Barriers initiative. Designed to help veterans with disabilities transform their … [Read more...]