JUNE 2016 VOL. 17 NO. 2
2 June 2016 • COOPERATIVE CONNECTIONS
Grand Prize – $750
75th Annual Meeting ATTRACTIONS
Thursday, June 2 • Britton, S.D.
Lake Region Electric Association
• Blood Pressure Screenings
• SmartHub Demonstrations
• Smart Home/Smart Thermostats – Border States
• Electrical Safety – Basin Electric
• Meter Technology
• Safety Town
• LED Lighting
• $100 Bill Credit
• $50 Bill Credit (multiple to be given away)
• Keurig 2.0
• Stanley FatMAX mobile work station
• 50-quart, five-day Rubbermaid
Dura Chill Cooler
• Children’s Bike
• Garden Scooter
• Hose Reel Cart
• And MUCH MORE! Roast beef meal will
be served at 5:30 p.m.
Please note, some of the exhibits will be present-
ing information in 15-minute intervals, begin-
ning at 4:30 p.m. Times will be posted at the
meeting. Also, all exhibits are free of charge.
(We WILL be giving away the grand prize
to one attendee – must be present to win.)
l receive a
Any member that
brings a nonperish-
able food item or
will be entered into
a special drawing for
a chance to win a $50
Visa gift card.
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Board of Directors
Kermit Pearson, President
Rodney Tobin, Vice President
Thomas Jones, Secretary
Jason Medhaug, Treasurer
Danny Smeins, LREA Attorney
Tim Mc Intyre
LREA Staff Members
Trudy Smith, Manager of Office Services
Jim Grimes, Manager of Operations
Manager of Member Services
Tim Gaikowski, Manager of
Lake Region Electric Association, Inc. is an
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We’ll See You June 2
It’s that time of year again – annual meeting
time! On behalf of Lake Region Electric, I would
like to personally invite you to join us on Thurs-
day, June 2 at Britton, S.D. We look forward to
gathering with you, the member-owner, to catch
up, hear what you have to say and enjoy some good
food and fellowship.
This is an occasion to discuss and learn more
about the issues affecting your cooperative. It’s also
an opportunity for you to exercise one of the great-
est benefits of being a member of an electric co-op,
by voting for the upcoming year’s board of direc-
tors. A democratic and open election is one of the
many elements that make our electric cooperative
stand out from other utilities.
Lake Region Electric is proud to be serving Day, Marshall and Roberts counties
for the past 75 years. We encourage all the members to help us celebrate this mile-
stone and look forward to an enjoyable evening.
We hope to see you in Britton, S.D., on Thursday, June 2!
Gaikowski Named Manager of
Lake Region Electric is pleased to announce the promotion
of Tim Gaikowski to the position of Manager of Technology
Tim joined Lake Region Electric in May 2012 as an IT/
meterman. Tim’s meter knowledge and computer skills are two
major assets that will aid in his transition to the new position.
Please join us in congratulating Tim on his promotion and
in wishing him continued success with the cooperative.
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TO OUR NEW
William Bednar, Jr.
Lana Little Bird
4 June 2016 • Cooperative ConneCtions
Summer is the time when everyone wants to play outside,
so it is important that everyone knows what possible electri-
cal safety hazards to avoid in the out-of-doors. Go around the
outside of your home and through your neighborhood with
your family and show them where telephone poles and electri-
cal lines are located. Explain the following so that everyone
understands the dangers associated with them:
• Never play near or touch a power line with any part of
your body, a toy, a stick or any other object whatsoever. As-
sume at all times that any power lines you see are live and
dangerous. If you see a downed power line, stay well away and
report it to your local utility company immediately.
• Never approach an electrical substation (or downed power
lines) for any reason whatsoever. Period. If a friend, family
member or a pet has entered this area, do not try to rescue
them yourself – call 911 immediately.
• Never climb on or play around a utility pole. In fact,
never post any signs or flyers
on utility poles either as this
can endanger you and utility
workers that have to work on
• Never throw shoes or
articles of clothing up onto
power lines and never try to
retrieve any object already
hanging from a power line.
• To avoid getting kites,
model aircraft or any other
airborne toys stuck in power
lines, play with these things
in wide open spaces like parks
or fields far away from power
• Kids love to climb trees
in the summer, but they should never climb trees that are too
close to power lines; even if the tree isn’t touching a line, the
extra weight from someone climbing the tree could cause a
branch to touch the line, which would be dangerous. In fact,
if you feel that any trees in your yard or neighborhood are too
close to power lines, talk with your local utility about having
them trimmed or possibly removed.
• Keep an eye on the weather. Almost 100 people die each
year and another 500 are severely injured from lightning
strikes. If a thunderstorm is approaching, go indoors and stay
there until the danger has passed.
Kids, send your drawing with an electrical safety tip to your local electric coop-
erative (address found on Page 3). If your poster is published, you’ll receive a
prize. All entries must include your name, age, mailing address and the names
of your parents. Colored drawings are encouraged.
7 years old
Lyla is the daughter
S.D. He is a
member of West
Kids’ Corner Safety Poster
“Keep extension cords out of high-traffic areas like
doorways or walkways where they pose a tripping hazard.”
Cooperative ConneCtions • June 2016 5
strawberry Frozen Yogurt squares
1 (14 oz.) can fat-free sweetened condensed
Non-stick cooking spray
1 cup Post Grape-Nuts® or similar cereal
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch ground cloves
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen strawberries,
about 2-1/2 cups
3 cups fat-free strawberry yogurt
Measure 1 cup of sweetened condensed milk; set aside. Line 8x8-inch baking pan
with foil; spray with non-stick cooking spray. In medium bowl, combine cereal,
cinnamon, cloves and remainder of sweetened condensed milk. Spread cereal
mixture evenly on bottom of pan, place in freezer. Place strawberries and yogurt
in a blender; cover and blend. Add 1 cup sweetened condensed milk; blend until
smooth. Pour mixture over cereal, smoothing to edges of pan. Cover with foil
(or plastic wrap) and freeze 8 hours or until firm. Use edges of foil to loosen and
remove from pan; let recipe thaw for 5 to 10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.
Squares may be individually wrapped and stored in freezer for single servings.
Makes 9 servings.
Nutritional Facts Per Serving: Calories 200, Total Fat 0g, Sat Fat 0g, Cholesterol
5mg, Sodium 150mg, Total Carbohydrates 42g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Protein 7g,
Calcium 20% Daily Value
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Becki’s Coconut Cream Cake
1 white cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. coconut extract
1 cup sour cream
1 (8 oz.) can coconut milk
3 (4 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese,