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Dakota Electric Association and CoBank presented Jeff Mortensen (center) and Laurie Bolin (2nd from left) of 360 Communities with a $10,000 donation. CoBank’s Cliff Bolstad (2nd from right) and representatives of Dakota Electric’s Board of Directors are pictured (L-R): Margaret Schreiner, Paul Bakken, Jack DeYoe and Janet Lekson.

Dakota Electric Association, along with CoBank, one of its lenders, recently donated $15,000 to two local community organizations. Dakota Electric’s $5,000 donation to 360 Communities and its $2,500 donation to DARTS were matched by CoBank through the company’s “Sharing Success” grant program, providing $10,000 to 360 Communities and $5,000 to DARTS.

Dakota Electric’s Board of Directors, along with Cliff Bolstad of CoBank, presented checks to 360 Communities’ CEO Jeff Mortensen and Laurie Bolin, development director, and DARTS CEO Ann Bailey and Steve Haschig, director of advancement, during a recent board meeting. This is the seventh year that Dakota Electric’s donation was doubled through CoBank’s grant program.
Mortensen thanked CoBank and Dakota Electric’s board for the donation. “We can’t do all we do without the help of the community and supporters like you. Thank you,” Mortensen said.

360 Communities delivers safety and stability to more than 16,000 individuals each year with holistic programming that includes violence prevention and intervention, school success support and community resources. 360 Communities has staff and volunteers in over 40 locations in Dakota County, including two Lewis House domestic and sexual violence shelters, 10 law enforcement agencies, two family resource centers, a network of five food shelves and 30 schools.

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Dakota Electric Association and CoBank presented Ann Bailey (center) and Steve Haschig (2nd from left) of DARTS with a $5,000 donation. CoBank’s Cliff Bolstad (2nd from right) and representatives of Dakota Electric’s Board of Directors are pictured (L-R): Margaret Schreiner, Paul Bakken, Jack DeYoe and Janet Lekson.

Bailey thanked CoBank and Dakota Electric for the support of DARTS over the years. “We are incredibly grateful for the relationship we have had with Dakota Electric over the years,” Bailey said. DARTS provides transportation for the elderly in Dakota County as well as affordable living opportunities and home services.

“What great organizations,” Bolstad said. “We are glad we can help support Dakota Electric’s ongoing community efforts through our Sharing Success program.”

“We thank CoBank for their Sharing Success program, which doubles our donation to these great community organizations,” said Dakota Electric’s Board Chair Jerry Pittman.