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School Donations

Dakota Electric awarded a total of $47,000 of unclaimed capital credits money to the school districts of 192, 252, 659 and Dakota County Technical College. This money will be used to fund specific educational projects and reach district goals.

To learn more about the projects, visit

Photo: Board members pose with district superintendents. (From left to right) Paul Bakken, Margaret Schreiner, Jason Berg, Bill Middlecamp, Jeff Sampson, John (Jack) DeYoe and Michael Berndt.

Scholarship photo

Township Leader Award

David Nicolai

Dakota Electric recently awarded David Nicolai, Castle Rock Township supervisor, the 2022 Township Leader Award. Each year, Dakota Electric seeks to recognize outstanding rural leadership with the award. 

“We are grateful for David’s many years of dedicated service to Castle Rock Township,” said Dakota Electric Board Director Bill Middlecamp as he presented the award. “He has been an outstanding leader, serving the community in a number of different capacities over the years.” 

Along with the award, Nicolai could designate a $250 donation on his behalf, which he directed to the Dakota County Sheriff’s Department.

Community Affairs

“I am very fortunate to have many hands-on opportunities to be involved with the communities we serve. A large part of my job includes participating in our environmental activities and sponsoring many of our local school youth programs. I enjoy working with our local youth and I absolutely love my job!”

– Lori Peine, Coordinator of Community Affairs
Lori Peine


Each year, Dakota Electric makes monetary donations to the communities we serve. These donations go to community initiatives, human services and youth programs.

Football Donation Thank you

Arbor Day Trees

Every year for Arbor Day, Dakota Electric donates a tree to cities in our service area. Most of the cities include an Arbor Day celebration and tree planting ceremony. 

Arbor Day

Tree Seedlings

Dakota Electric donated a total of 3,000 tree seedlings in 2022. These seedlings were divided out among our cities, schools and daycares. 

Tags for Seedlings

Adopt a Highway

As part of our environmental commitment, Dakota Electric employees clean up our designated section of highway along Denmark Avenue every spring. 

Highway Cleanup

Helping Neighbors

Dakota Electric members who contribute to the Helping Neighbors Trust help local families pay utility bills when facing unexpected financial struggles. 

Dakota Electric distributes Helping Neighbors funds to the local CAP Agency, Salvation Army and 360 Communities, each of which provides utility assistance to families experiencing hardship.

Please consider making a donation. Monthly donations can be added to your electric bill or you can make a one-time contribution.

To learn more about Helping Neighbors, call 651-463-6212 or sign up online by visiting

Helping Neighbors