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Q&A: Duane Ninneman on the co-op report card project

Duane Ninneman is Executive Director of CURE in Montevideo, Minnesota. He lives on a farm in Big Stone County.   Q: What sparked this review and report on co-op websites? Why did you do it? Ninneman: It all stems from the premise that a co-op is an amazing model in...

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What is “Energy Democracy?”

Minnesotans value our communities and local businesses. We seek out sustainable food from area farmers and craft beer from the town brewery. We also demand clean energy that is locally produced and locally owned. Our vision for the future is Energy Democracy—an energy...

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Can co-op ideals thrive again?

Minnesota is the birthplace of our modern cooperative movement and co-ops are a fundamental part of our history and culture. Co-ops are an example of rural people coming together to solve community problems. Looking to the future, the co-op movement and co-op business...

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The seven guiding principles of cooperatives

Central to the operations of any cooperative are the seven principles of the cooperative business model: Voluntary and Open Membership Cooperatives are voluntary organizations open to all person able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of...

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Farmers see big value in local energy projects

As farmers across the country deal with another year of low crop prices, many are singing the praises of land payments from local energy projects.  Lease agreements with wind developers can pay as much as $10,000 per turbine per year.  Local energy projects are also...

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Arkansas co-op helps members finance energy efficiency

Many Americans have inefficient homes and old appliances costing them thousands of dollars a year on their utility bills.  For many, the price of an upgrade or a retrofit is too high.  Low income families who can’t afford up-front costs or taking on new loans or debt...

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