3 ways to save on
1 Sign up for Cycled Central Air
Save money by cycling your central
air conditioning system and receive a
CapX2020 receives route approval $7.50 credit on your July, August and
September bills. Sign up and receive
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to grant a Route either a $10 Subway® or Dairy
Permit for a 345 kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line between the North Dakota Queen® gift card upon completion.
border and St. Cloud. The line will connect at a substation near St. Cloud to the
CapX2020 Monticello-St. Cloud project currently under construction. The project will
alleviate electric reliability concerns in the St. Cloud, Alexandria and Red River Valley
2 Tune up your central air conditioner
or air source heat pump
Receive a $25 bill credit when an A/C
areas, as well as meet the region’s projected electric growth and provide an outlet for contractor performs a central A/C tune
new generation, including renewable energy. up. Units should be tuned up every
other year to maintain efficiency.
The route generally follows I-94 with the exception of a few areas where significant
sensitivities occur. The map below shows where the route that was selected by the
commission will pass through Runestone Electric Association’s service territory.
3 Purchase a high-efficiency central air
conditioner or air source heat pump
Buy a high-efficiency central air
For more information please visit www.capx2020.com or call 1-866-876-2869. conditioner or air source heat pump
and have it installed by a registered
contractor. Depending on the SEER
rating, rebates range from $30 - $630.
Call before you dig
If you’re planning to dig a hole more than
a foot deep, please read this notice!
It is YOUR responsibility to call Gopher
State One Call (GSOC) at least 48 hours
before you dig. GSOC will notify utilities
in your area. Utilities will then locate their
REA will locate power lines up to your
meter. If you will be digging between the
main meter and your home or other
buildings, you will need to hire a private
locator. Most electricians will locate these
private power lines, and GSOC also has a
list of locators on their website:
You can also request and view the
status of your locate on-line. Call
GSOC at 1-800-252-1166 or
visit the website at least 48 hours
before you dig. It’s the law!
Board Meeting Our goal - saving members
Highlights time and money
The regular meeting of the Board of
by CEO Rick Banke
Directors of Runestone Electric
Association was held on May 27, 2011. At Runestone Electric, we continually
• Mrs. Nelson informed the board that look for ways to help make your life
E-Bill has been ordered as part of the easier and to help you save money. Of
course our many load management amount due on the stub, it will indicate
2011 Capital Budget. With E-Bill,
programs can save money on your that the bill has been automatically
members will be able to view their bill
heating bills, our Cycled Air deducted from your bank account. There
on-line, review consumption history
Conditioning program can save on is no additional cost for this safe and
and pay their bill with a credit card.
cooling costs and our payment plans can secure “easy pay” option, plus your bill
Credit cards will also be accepted as a
save you time and worry. will always be paid on time whether you
form of payment in the office. Credit
are home or away. I really suggest you
card payments will be limited to I would like to focus on a couple
look into this payment plan. Many of our
residential and seasonal accounts. Mrs. payment plan options we have that can
members are taking advantage of it today.
Nelson anticipates launching E-Bill make paying your bill each month a little
and acceptance of credit card easier. The first is our Budget Pay Plan. Now, have you ever asked yourself why
payments by September. With Budget Pay, you simply pay an REA has to send you a bill each month?
average bill each month calculated from Can’t I just receive an email indicating
• Mr. Hultman reported that the radio
your historical usage. Twelve months of my bill is ready to be viewed over the
receiver replacement program is on
flat payments. Each July your account Internet? Well, that day will be coming
schedule. As of 1/1/13, Great River
will be reviewed and the budget amount soon. In the next few months we will be
Energy will be transmitting a new load
adjusted if necessary to account for any introducing a new electronic billing option
changes in your usage patterns. To where you will be able to view your bill
• CEO Banke and staff reviewed the online. We hope many members will take
qualify for our Budget Pay Plan, you
2010 Strategic Plan noting progress on advantage of that option and discontinue
must have been in residence at the same
each of the seven strategic initiatives. receiving a paper bill. We refer to this
location for a year and be current on your
The regular July Board Meeting is bill. new service as E-Bill. Couple E-Bill with
scheduled for Thursday, July 28, our Automatic Payment Plan and you will
Another, even easier, way to pay your
followed by a Joint Board Meeting with never need to receive a bill in the mail, or
bill is through our Automatic Payment
the Stearns Electric Association Board of send a check back to REA - a convenience
Plan. Rather than worrying about
Directors. and savings for both you and your
sending a check each month, your
Cooperative. Look for details in
June Cooling Degree Days payment is electronically transferred from
upcoming issues of this newsletter.
your checking or savings account to REA
2011 . . . . . . . . 46 as of 6/26/11 It is hard to believe but our annual
on the due date of your bill. No worries
2010 . . . . . . . . 56 Pancake Feed is fast approaching. This
about paying late. The payment is always
2009 . . . . . . . . 72 will be our 17th event and will be held on
made on the due date. With our
2008 . . . . . . . . 38 August 20th at our Operations Center.
Automatic Payment Plan, proof of your
payment will appear on your bank Details will appear in next month’s
May 2011 Statistics Newsletter.
statement and you will continue to
Kilowatt-hours Sold receive a monthly bill. Instead of an Have a great summer!
2011 . . . . . . .13,404,450
2010 . . . . . . .14,069,757
Cost of Purchased Power Pancake Feed set for Saturday, August 20
2011 . . . . . . .$766,833 For many families, the REA Pancake
2010 . . . . . . .$822,009 Feed has become a summer tradition.
Cost per Kilowatt-hour Purchased
The 17th Annual Member Appreciation
2011 . . . . . . .$.052
2010. . . . . . .$.053 Pancake Feed will be Saturday, August
Number of Accounts 20, from 7:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the
2011 . . . . . . .13,630 REA Operations Center. Enjoy a free
2010 . . . . . . .13,560 breakfast and fun for all ages!
Operation Round Up ® - Making a difference in our communities!
Operation Round Up® has
distributed over $489,000 in
grants to community-minded
groups and organizations
throughout Runestone Electric’s service
territory since its inception eight years ago.
The following forty-one area organizations
shared $13,931 in grants from Operation Round
Up during the second quarter distribution cycle:
Fire Departments/First Responders:
Holmes City Area First Responders ($1,000)
Leaf Valley Firemen ($1,000)
Representing some of the organizations receiving Operation Round Up® grants in May
Ashby Fire Department ($1,000).
(front row): Judie Paulson, Area Transplant Support Group; Christina Lamb, Forada Days;
Carla Beem, Round Up Board; LoAnn Jaeck, Stevens Co. Food Shelf; Ann Schimek and
Stevens County Food Shelf ($250)
Danica Schroeder, Nordic Meadow; Mary Anderson and Julie Kirsch, Blue Star Mothers
Long Prairie Food Pantry ($250) of America; Melody Morgan, Lutheran Social Service; (back row): Sig Paulson, Area
Hearts and Hands Food Shelf ($500) Transplant Support Group; Donny Kalpin, Leaf Valley Firemen; Jadee Larkin, Prairie
Grants County Food Shelf ($500) Rivers Baseball; Patty Benson, Grant Co. Hist. Society; Jody Schimek, Nordic Meadow;
Outreach Food Shelf ($500) Chuck Wencl, Red Willow Arts Coalition; Laurie Bienias, Alex Summer Stretch; Kelly
Youth: Wendel, Habitat for Humanity and DeWayne Bisek, Round Up Board.
Eagle Valley Post Prom ($200)
Morris Area Youth Baseball ($250) participate, do nothing. Your contribution will be included on your future bills. If
Alex Summer Stretch-Youth Network ($300) members want to opt-out of the program, they merely need to call REA and their
Prairie Rivers Baseball ($250) bills will no longer be rounded up.
Discovery Days Preschool ($250) Calling all non-profit organizations! Area organizations are encouraged to apply
Barrett Old Settler’s Reunion ($100) for Operation Round Up grants. The deadline for the next round of funding is August
Regional 4-H - Residential Camp ($500) 19. Application forms are available by calling Runestone Electric at (320) 762-1121 or
Lutheran Social Service ($500) (800) 473-1722. Applications can be downloaded from the REA website:
Minnewaska Post Prom ($200) www.RunestoneElectric.com.
Starbuck VFW Baseball ($250)
Community: Spotlight on Grant Recipients
Forada Days, Inc. ($250) In the past eight years, Operation Round Up has
Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. Alex ($1,000) awarded over $87,000 in grants to the following
Thorson Memorial Library ($300) volunteer fire departments and first responder units.
Nordic Meadow Advisory Committee ($500) Your contribution to Operation Round Up is having
Grant County Historical Society ($331) a direct impact helping those who are in need right
Red Willow Arts Coalition ($1,000) here in our local communities.
PACT-Parent & Community Team ($250) Alexandria Fire Department
REA has seen a drop in members electing to
Ashby Fire Department
Pope County Historical Society ($500) Barrett Fire Department have their bills rounded up. We encourage you to
Area Transplant Support Group ($500) Brandon Fire Department take another look at this beneficial program.
Alexandria Jaycees ($500) Carlos Fire Department You never know when you may need a
Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County ($1,000) Cyrus Fire Department helping hand!
Elbow Lake Fire Department
Scholarships: The following schools received
Evansville Fire Department Barrett First Responders
a $600 scholarship to be awarded to a graduating Garfield Fire Department Carlos First Responders
senior with a parent or guardian who is a REA Hoffman Fire Department Cyrus First Responders
member and good academic record: Ashby High Kensington Fire Department ELEAH Ambulance Service
School, Brandon High School, Eagle Valley Leaf Valley Fire Department Forada First Responders
Long Prairie Fire Department Garfield First Responders
Public School, Evansville High School, Jefferson Lowry Fire Department Hoffman Ambulance Service
High School, Lakes Area Charter School, Millerville Fire Department Holmes City First Responders
Minnewaska High School, Morris Area High Miltona Fire Department Kensington First Responders
School, New Testament Christian School, Osakis Morris Fire Department Leaf Valley First Responders
Osakis Fire Department Lowry First Responders
High School, Parkers Prairie High School and
Starbuck Fire Department Osakis First Responders
West Central Area High School. Villard Fire Department Urbank/Millerville First Resp.
Participation in Operation Round Up is Wendell Fire Department Villard First Responders
strictly voluntary. Members that wish to www.RunestoneElectric.com 3
Unclaimed capital credit checks
Capital credits are one of the greatest advantages of belonging to a cooperative.
Unfortunately, each year capital credit checks are returned by the post office as
N ew s l i n e
Official monthly publication of
“undeliverable.” The following is a list of former REA members whose checks have
Runestone Electric Association
been returned. If you know the current address of anyone listed below, please contact
PO Box 9, 124 7th Ave W
at (320) 762-1121, (800) 473-1722 or email: email@example.com. This list is
Alexandria, MN 56308
also available on our website homepage - www.RunestoneElectric.com (320) 762-1121 or (800) 473-1722
ALVERSON RICHARD A ORIENT SD LEGUS JERRY T SAVAGE MN Fax: (320) 763-4149
ANGLAND D W ALEXANDRIA MN LEMBKE GERALD R WASHBURN ND www.RunestoneElectric.com
ARNESON ROBERT J MPLS MN LUEDTKE BARB ALEXANDRIA MN email: REA@runestoneelectric.com
BACH-NEWBERN CO BRANDON MN LUEDTKE DONALD OTTERTAIL MN
LUND MARTIN HOFFMAN MN Office Hours
BARTELLS KENNETH D MESA AZ
BAUMANN DALE B ALEXANDRIA MN LUTZ JERRY SHAWNEE KS 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
BAUMGARDT STEVEN J MPLS MN MAKI ROBERT V PRIOR LAKE MN Monday - Friday
BEBO HAROLD H BIG LAKE MN MATTOCKS BRAD FARWELL MN 24-hour outage &
BENDER JODY NELSON MN MELAAS MARIE E FERGUS FALLS MN
MEYERS BENJAMIN ALEX MN emergency service
BLAHOSKY SCOTT G MASON CITY IA
BLOOM MICHAEL ALEXANDRIA MN MINNESOURI ANGLING CL ALEX MN (800) 473-1722
BOLINSKE MARTY UNDERWOOD MN MOELLER STEVE J SPICER MN Underground cable locations
BORMANN KIM ALEXANDRIA MN MURPHY D P SIOUX CITY IA Gopher State One Call
BORSETH JAMES N MANKATO MN NORRIS GARY L ALEXANDRIA MN (800) 252-1166
BROMEN HOWARD L MARSHALL MN NYGAARD JULIAN O LOWRY MN
CALLEN MARTY J GLENWOOD MN OHLAUG JAMES H ALEXANDRIA MN Board of Directors
CHRISTOFFER TODD ALEX MN OLSON CURTIS BRANDON MN Audrey Hjelle, President
COX JERE S GLENWOOD MN OLSON LARRY ELBOW LAKE MN Bryan Withers, Vice President
CURWICK JACK D GARFIELD MN PAULY G J KERKHOVEN MN Barbara Johnson, Secretary
DE ROODE JOHN MINNEOTA MN PESCH LARRY O DUMONT MN
PETERSON MICHAEL D ALEX MN Bill O’Brien, Treasurer
DEGIER DONALD ALEXANDRIA MN
DEPT OF HOUS & URBAN ST PAULMN PETERSON ROBERT BROOKLYN PK MN Ron Holm, Director
DIONNE WINIFRED M ELBOW LK MN PETERSON RUSSELL LITTLE FALLS MN Mike Johnson, Director
DIXON J M MINNEAPOLIS MN PRATHER RICHARD GRAETTINGER IA Wilbur Burquest, Director
DOMEIER VERNARD NEW ULM MN RADEMACHER JEFFREY DAYTON MN Editorial Staff
EDWARDS WM E MINNEAPOLIS MN RAMSDELL BRIAN ALEXANDRIA MN
RAY GERALD D GLENWOOD MN Rick Banke, CEO
EIDE ROBERT A EXCELSIOR MN
ELSE KENNETH SIBLEY IA REIS LEON C ENDERLIN ND Sue Lundeen, Editor
ENGLUND MERLIN EVANSVILLE MN REITZ WILLIAM SAUK CENTRE MN In case of a power outage
FED DEPOSIT INS C. BURNSVILLE MN RIENDEAU JEFF ALEXANDRIA MN
FIELD GARY W MOOSE LAKE MN ROBINSON DOUG ALEXANDRIA MN • Make sure the problem is not on
GARFIELD LUMBER GARFIELD MN ROLLOFF WALTER J NEW ULM MN your side (Members may be billed
GEHRT DALE VMESA AZ ROTHCHILDS SAINT PAUL MN for service calls if the problem is
GRAY LELAND J CLARISSA MN RUNYAN WILBUR LA PORTE CITY IA caused by their own equipment).
GRIMSTAD JERRY ALEXANDRIA MN SCHNEIDER JOY R MINNEAPOLIS MN
GRUE KENNETH LMINNEAPOLIS MN SCHWARTZ MERLYN F MORRIS MN • Check your own fuses and circuit
GULSVIG JEFFREY R GLENWOOD MN SEIDEL GEORGE E MINNETONKA MN breakers in your home and by the
HANSEN RICHARD E OSAKIS MN SIMONSON SUSAN DEERWOOD MN meter pole (Call us for help if you are
HARMENING GARY W LAWTON OK SMITH FRED GJR CHAPEL HILL NC unsure of the location of your breakers).
HEINZE MARK B BARRETT MN SORENSEN ALFRED CASTLEWOOD VA
HENDRICKSON JIM GLENWOOD MN SOVELL RANDY P MARSHALL MN • Check with your neighbors to see
HINNENKAMP JESSE STARBUCK MN SVEE HARLAN ALEXANDRIA MN if their power is off and if they
HJULBERG WAYNE CENTER CITY MN THOMAS RUSSELL E SIOUX FALLS SD have reported the outage.
HOLMGREN SUE ALEXANDRIA MN UPHOFF SHARON MORRIS MN
WHITELY ROBERT ST LOUIS PARK MN
• If the trouble is not on your
HOPE NORA K MILL VALLEY CA
HOYME JOHN K CARLOS MN ZABEL RALPH J PLANO TX wiring, please call (800) 473-1722
IVERSON HARLAN GLENWOOD MN for 24-hour service. Please report
KAY FARMS MINNEAPOLIS MN any tree branches in lines, twisted
KLIMEK GERALD J HENNING MN wires, broken poles and if your
KLOOS LAWRENCE BARRETT MN neighbors are also out of power.
KNUTSON JENNY ALEXANDRIA MN
KOEP STEVEN D SAINT PAUL MN • Be sure to have one corded phone
KOLLEN RICH. GRANITE FALLS MN in the house, because cordless
KOOB STEVEN CYRUS MN phones won’t work when the
KRAHN LE ROY M FAIRMONT MN power is out.
LANGANKI LESTER MONTICELLOMN
LARSEN SEYMOUR OSAKIS MN • Program the number above into
LARSON DORIS M ALEXANDRIA MN your cell phone for easy access.
LARSON GENE BLOOMINGTON MN
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