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(L-R): Alison Larson, grants manager, 360 Communities; Margaret Schreiner, Dakota Electric director; Laurie Bolin, 360 Communities; Cora Breeze, development database coordinator, 360 Communities.

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Margaret Schreiner, Dakota Electric director (2nd from R), (L-R) Rhonda Rademacher, Kris Akin and Sue Strese, board members for Dakota City Heritage Village.

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(L-R): Kelly Kenley, Exec. Dir., Heather Tidd, Community Engagement Dir., Margaret Schreiner, Dakota Electric director, Bill Middlecamp, Dakota Electric director,

Dakota Electric Association, along with CoBank, one of its lenders, recently donated $20,000 to three community organizations. 360 Communities received $10,000, and Dakota Child and Family Clinic and Dakota City Heritage Village received $5,000 each. Dakota Electric’s donations were matched by CoBank through the company’s “Sharing Success” grant program.

360 Communities provides hope and support to more than 16,000 individuals each year from over 45 locations providing a variety of programs, including food shelves, violence prevention and intervention, educational support and more.

Dakota Child and Family Clinic is a non-profit health care clinic in Burnsville that serves the health needs of children and adults regardless of their ability to pay. Dakota City Heritage Village offers visitors the chance to experience rural life in Dakota County in the late 1800s and early 1900s through costumed interpreters and demonstrations at the historic village and museum at the Dakota County Fairgrounds.

“We are happy to partner with Dakota Electric for more than ten years through our Sharing Success program and provide such necessary help to quality community organizations in the area,” said Matt Hale of CoBank.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to double our donation through CoBank’s grant,” said Dakota Electric’s President and CEO Greg Miller. “CoBank’s matching grant program makes our donations go even farther.”

Through the matching program, CoBank and cooperatives across the United States, have donated nearly $66 million since 2012. Dakota Electric and CoBank have provided $135,000 locally in that time.

A member-owned, not-for-profit utility since 1937, Dakota Electric Association provides electricity to more than 112,000 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.

CoBank is a $170 billion cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. The bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm Credit associations serving more than 76,000 farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country.