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    JUNE 2016 VOL. 17 NO. 2


    Grand Prize – $750

    75th Annual Meeting ATTRACTIONS Thursday, June 2 • Britton, S.D.

    Lake Region Electric Association

    Exhibits • Blood Pressure Screenings • SmartHub Demonstrations • Smart Home/Smart Thermostats – Border States • Electrical Safety – Basin Electric • Meter Technology • Safety Town • LED Lighting

    Prizes • $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 • Fitbit • Tablet • 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.)

    All registered

    members wil l receive a

    commemorat ive jar.

    Food Drive Any member that brings a nonperish- able food item or monetary donation will be entered into a special drawing for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card.


    (USPS 018-904)


    Board of Directors Kermit Pearson, President Rodney Tobin, Vice President Thomas Jones, Secretary Jason Medhaug, Treasurer Thomas Steiner Amy Kuecker Roger Kulesa Danny Smeins, LREA Attorney

    General Manager Tim Mc Intyre

    LREA Staff Members Trudy Smith, Manager of Office Services Jim Grimes, Manager of Operations Brett Kwasniewski, Manager of Member Services Tim Gaikowski, Manager of Technology Services

    Lake Region Electric Association, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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    LAKE REGION RIPPLES COOPERATIVE CONNECTIONS is the monthly publication for the members of Lake Region Electric Association, Inc., PO Box 341, 1212 N Main St., Webster, SD 57274. Lake Region Electric Cooperative Connections’ purpose is to provide reliable, helpful information to members on electric cooperative matters and better living.

    Subscription information: As part of their membership, Lake Region Electric members devote 50 cents from their monthly electric payments for a subscription. Nonmember subscriptions are available for $12 annually. (USPS 018-904) Periodicals Postage Paid at Webster, SD 57274 and at additional mailing offices.

    POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Lake Region Ripples Cooperative Connections PO Box 341, Webster, SD 57274 Telephone 605-345-3379; Toll Free 1-800-657-5869; Fax 605-345-4442 E-mail: lakeregion@lakeregion.coop

    Design assistance by TDG Communications and SDREA.

    24 hour Dispatching/Outage Line 1-800-657-5869



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    Tim McIntyre General Manager

    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! Tim McIntyre

    Employee News

    Gaikowski Named Manager of Technology Services Lake Region Electric is pleased to announce the promotion of Tim Gaikowski to the position of Manager of Technology Services.

    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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    MEMBERS William Bednar, Jr.

    Bruce Houch Lana Little Bird

    David Maag

  • 4 June 2016 • Cooperative ConneCtions

    Safety tips

    Summer Electrical Safety Tips: Outdoor Hazards 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 those poles.

    • 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 lines.

    • 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.

    Source: rootelectric.com

    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.

    Lyla Michalek, 7 years old Lyla is the daughter of Anthony Michalek, Okaton, S.D. He is a member of West Central Electric Cooperative, Murdo, S.D.

    Kids’ Corner Safety Poster “Keep extension cords out of high-traffic areas like doorways or walkways where they pose a tripping hazard.”

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    Dairy Delicious


    strawberry Frozen Yogurt squares 1 (14 oz.) can fat-free sweetened condensed

    milk, divided 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

    Pictured, Cooperative Connections

    Becki’s Coconut Cream Cake 1 white cake mix 3 eggs 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/2 tsp. coconut extract 1 cup sour cream 1 (8 oz.) can coconut milk

    Frosting: 3 (4 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese,


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