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Dakota Electric Association and its employees have raised $24,717 for charities through its employee led program called Dakota Cares.

Each year Dakota Electric’s employees hold a variety of fundraising events and pledge drives to bring in donations for three charities: United Way, $8,539; Community Health Charities, $10,566; and the Fallen Lineman Organization, $5,612.

“We could not have done this without the hard work of the committee and the generous and caring people of Dakota Electric,” Julie Simonsen, committee chair, said.

Board members, employees and others have participated in fundraising events such as a sporting clay shoot, silent auctions, special meals and more. Employees have the option of donating through payroll deduction or a onetime donation as well.

“The employees have a lot of fun with it,” President and CEO Greg Miller said. “It’s nice we can raise a significant amount of money to support these great causes.”