To celebrate local volunteers, the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives launched the first-ever Shine the Light contest earlier this summer. Employees and member-consumers of Iowa’s locally owned electric cooperatives were invited to nominate someone who makes a positive difference in  their community.

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Child care has joined workforce and housing as one of the most critical needs across Iowa. As communities tackle this issue, it is no surprise that Iowa’s rural utilities are engaged and supporting long-term solutions.

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The Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives of Iowa started the Shine the Light contest to honor the unsung heroes in our communities who volunteer their time and talents. The finalists are announced in the August issue of the magazine.

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Nothing says summertime like pork chops or ribeye steaks sizzling on the grill! With grilling season in full swing, Iowans are sure to find high-quality and flavorful protein options no matter if they shop at the grocery store, local meat locker or purchase from a neighboring farmer

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Iowa’s electric cooperatives are excited to announce a new statewide contest, which celebrates our cooperative commitment to community. Called Shine the Light, the contest will accept nominations in June and award three winners with a $1,500 check to their local charity or community organization.

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Five old limestone gravestones have recently been restored at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Cascade. These stones mark the burial sites of members of the May family who died in 1874, and their restoration was arranged by Gene Manternach, an electric co-op director and a distant relation who felt a connection while researching his ancestry. 

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An old barn, like many across the Iowa landscape, recently was moved from the home it had known for a century to a new home roughly three miles away. The effort required the coordination of several groups, including Central Iowa Power Cooperative and Linn County REC.

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As you venture out in 2021, be on the lookout for Iowa-manufactured vehicles, including these featured in this article. As a bonus, the manufacturers are often served by Iowa’s electric cooperatives.

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As a result of aggressive grant writing, Iowa has received rural economic development awards totaling $141.5 million over the past three decades to support business growth and community vitality.

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On the heels of the destruction the summer derecho caused in our state, linemen from Iowa’s electric cooperatives didn’t waver in their commitment to assist other co-op members when another massive storm hit.

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