360 Communities and Darts

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.

Checks were presented 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 Dakota Electric board meeting.

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 provides assistance to more than 16,000 individuals each year with holistic programming that includes violence prevention and intervention, school success support and community resources.

Bailey thanked CoBank and Dakota Electric for the support of DARTS. “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.

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

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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, John (Jack) DeYoe and Janet Lekson.

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, John (Jack) DeYoe and Janet Lekson.

Nils Peterson of Eagan stands near the Washington, D.C. Capitol. The photo was taken during the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Youth Tour this past June. 

Youth Tour Alumni wins Jay York Scholarship

Nils Peterson of Eagan recently won the Jay York Scholarship for $400, given by Nobles Cooperative Electric, Worthington. He was one of five students Dakota Electric Association sponsored to attend the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Youth Tour in Washington D.C., this summer. He was one of four students selected from Minnesota for the York Scholarship.