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A Day in the Life of a Lineman

A Day in the Life of a Lineman

Other than the obvious 24/7 preparedness for restoring power during unexpected outages, what do Crow Wing Power linemen do on a daily basis? What does it take to be a line worker? Whether it’s maintaining and upgrading our electric infrastructure to insure reliable power or installing and upgrading new services for residential or growing businesses, every day is filled with a variety of work that takes skill and training to insure linemen’s safety.

A Building on the Move

On Tuesday September 23, the process of relocating a commercial bank building from Jenkins to Baxter began. We needed to coordinate adjusting our power lines to allow for a 30 mile move of a commercial bank building. The route began in Jenkins, heading South on Hwy 371 to Pequot Lakes, East onto CR 11 to Breezy Point, South onto CR 4 through Merrifield, West onto CR 49, then South onto Hwy 371 and finally East to Clearwater Road and to its new home in Baxter.

September 4, 2014 Storm

The storm of September 4, 2014 changed our morning routine at 5:00 when the wind began to blow. The National Weather Service did not declare it a tornado, but from the damage we sustained it sure felt like one. By 6:00 we had three substations (Southdale, Nokay and Motley) down and 7,000+ members without power. The areas affected were Baxter, South Long Lake, Ft. Ripley, Nokay Lake, West of Pillager, Lake Shamineau, Lake Alexander and Motley.

Operation Round Up Donations are distributed in July

The Crow Wing Power Community Trust Board donated $56,280 to local community programs during their third quarter meeting held in July.  Including a one-time Impact Grant of $11,000 to the Pine River Family Center. Operation Round-Up funds were distributed to the following projects $2,000 to Boys and Girls Club, Little Falls, $3,000 to Youth Investment, Timber Bay, Brainerd, $3,000 to Care 'n Share, Emily, and  these are just a few.

Follw this link to see the entire list and grant applications > >.

2014 MN Twins Youth Clinic

A fun morning for our Minnesota Twins Youth Clinic participants! Thanks to all who came out!



Crow Wing Power is Committed To Education

This spring we awarded $56,000 to high school seniors to further their education.  Four Lineworker Technical Schools received a total of seven $1,000 scholarships and eight area high schools were given a total of 34, $1500 scholarships. Congratulations to all graduates!

Normal Usage Information

Today is forecasted to be a normal electric use day, which means no special energy-conservation measures are necessary. Still, Crow Wing Power encourages members to find ways to conserve energy in their homes every day.

Capital Credit Checks Mailed in May

Checks totaling $645,504 were mailed to 13,011 cooperative members. They are distributions for allocations made to members for electricity they used for 50% or the first half of 1988. Over $10.5 million has been returned in the past 18 years.

Cold Weather Rule in Effect

The 1991 Minnesota Legislature passed a law that includes cooperatives in the Cold Weather Rule. The law provides that utilities cannot disconnect residential consumers’ heat energy source due to nonpayment from October 15 to April 15 when certain conditions are met.

As a customer, you must contact the coop to set up a payment schedule to avoid being disconnected, and we’ll work with you.

To avoid disconnection between October 15 and April 14;


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