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					                                                                           July 2011



                                                                                              3         ways to save on
                                                                                                        cooling costs

                                                                                            1   Sign up for Cycled Central Air
                                                                                                Conditioning Program
                                                                                                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
                                                                                            facilities.
                                                                                              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:
                                                                                            www.gopherstateonecall.org
                                                                                             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
      management signal.
                                                 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!
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   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;
   Food Shelf:
                                                   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: rea@runestoneelectric.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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