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Rural America Mixes Poverty, Promise

By Steven Johnson | ECT Staff Writer Published: November 21st, 2014

The good news: Poverty and unemployment rates are stabilizing in rural America. The bad news: Job creation and household income remain well below pre-recession levels. That’s the mixed bag that the Department of Agriculture described in its annual outlook for rural America. “While the U.S. economy is now in its sixth year of recovery from... Read more

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Editor's Pick, Local Initiatives

Paper Clips Help the Less Fortunate

Published: November 24th, 2014

Trade-ups aren’t just for cars and smartphones, as several North Dakota electric cooperatives have proven recently. A humble chip clip, key chain, flashlight and baseball cap were the starting points for fundraisers at four co-ops that... Read more

Co-op News, Editor's Pick

Heroes Save Man from Flipped Tractor

Published: November 24th, 2014

On a blazing hot August day, driving along a gravel road on his meter-reading rounds, Tom Everett came across a sight he won’t ever forget. “I came up a hill and saw a tractor in a... Read more

Editor's Pick, Energy & Environment

Co-ops Question Sage-grouse Listing

Published: November 21st, 2014

Electric cooperatives are expressing disappointment that the Gunnison sage-grouse is coming under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed it as a threatened species. “While a threatened listing... Read more

Business & Finance

Weekly Fuel Price Watch

Published: November 21st, 2014

Here is the weekly update for key fuel prices that affect rural electric co-ops. In some cases, these represent averages across the country or in particular regions, and might differ from local market prices. Read more


Weekly Digest for November 21

Published: November 21st, 2014

The Weekly Digest contains brief summaries of some of the most important stories recently posted on Click on the issue date on the Weekly Digest page to open a PDF that is suitable for printing and distribution. Read more

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