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Dakota Electric Association and its employees have raised $31,614 for charities — the most ever — through its employee-led program called Dakota Cares.

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The Dakota Cares Committee: Julie Simonsen, Bernie Kolnberger, Susan
Strong, Corey Willert, Mel Belschner, Cherry Jordan, Dave Reinke and Tom

Each year Dakota Electric’s employees hold a variety of fundraising events and a pledge drive to bring in donations for three charities: United Way, $7,775; Community Health Charities, $15,683; and the Fallen Lineman Organization, $8,156.
“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.

Employees, board members 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 stepped up to the challenge” President and CEO Greg Miller said. “It’s nice we can raise a significant amount of money to support these great causes. My thanks to the committee for all their hard work.”