FARMINGTON, Minn. (February 3, 2009) — Dakota Electric Association will provide five high school juniors or seniors the opportunity to win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Youth Tour, June 13-18.

Each June, more than 1,200 junior and senior students from across the country travel to Washington, D.C. for the NRECA Youth Tour. During the trip they learn about electric cooperatives and government, meet elected officials and tour national monuments and sites, including the Smithsonian, the FBI building and more.

“We are happy to be able to offer this educational opportunity to our local students,” Dakota Electric’s President and CEO Greg Miller said. “This is a great way to teach our young people about our national government and electric cooperatives.”

To apply, students can pick up an application form from their high school guidance counselor, download it off the web at www.dakotaelectric.com or pick one up at Dakota Electric’s Farmington office. Students do not need to be from a home that receives power from Dakota Electric.

The application deadline is March 2. Interviews are scheduled for March 12 and 17. For more information, call Peggy Johnson at 651-463-6110 or 1-800-874-3409, ext. 110.