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Dakota Electric Association is seeking educators who desire to learn about the energy industry to attend a Lignite Education Seminar from June 12-15.

The Lignite Council is offering the seminar again in 2017 due to overwhelming positive feedback it has received from past participants. Teachers of all grade levels are accepted, and Great River Energy, Dakota Electric’s power supplier, will cover the expenses related to the training.

teachers in front of power plant

The seminar includes discussions on lignite coal mining and its conversion into energy, including the economic impact of the industry on the region. This training also includes a tour of a lignite mine, a lignite-fired power plant, the Great Plains Synfuels Plant (which converts coal into synthetic natural gas), and the Headwaters’ Visitor’s Center at Fort Mandan, which was constructed with the use of coal combustion byproducts.

The seminar is being held in cooperation with Bismarck State College, the Center for Economic Education at the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University and Minot State University. Application deadline is April 14, but it can fill up early. For more information, contact Kay LaCoe at 701-258-7117 or visit

A customer-owned, non-profit utility since 1937, Dakota Electric Association provides electricity to more than 105,000 members throughout Dakota County and portions of Goodhue, Rice and Scott counties. Dakota Electric, your Touchstone Energy cooperative, serves its member/owners with integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.