Students from Dakota Electric Association’s service area participated in the Youth Co-op Leadership Conference hosted by Cooperative Network, Roseville, on March 15 and 16. More than 70 high school students from around Minnesota attended the two-day conference designed to help high school students gain a better understanding of the role and operation of cooperatives. They gained leadership abilities and discovered problem-solving skills.

Dakota Electric sponsored three students from the School of Environmental Studies, Apple Valley: Jeremy Weis, Nicole Noblet and Allie Dohmeier.

The conference included a session on maximizing students’ potential. Participants also learned about credit unions, electric co-ops and how to manage a cooperative in today’s business environment. The highlight of the conference was “Breakthrough Leadership Skills,” a hands-on leadership workshop presented by Craig Hillier, CSP, Winning Edge Seminars, Lakeville.

A customer-owned, non-profit utility since 1937, Dakota Electric Association provides electricity to more than 100,000 members throughout Dakota County and portions of Goodhue, Rice and Scott counties. Dakota Electric, a Touchstone Energy Partner, serves its member/owners with integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.

Cooperative Network serves more than 600 member-cooperatives owned by more than 6.3 million Wisconsin and Minnesota residents.