June Power Plant Tour

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We are offering North Star Electric members an exceptional summer opportunity that’s fun for all ages. The tour is scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday, June 9-11.

The first day we will tour Minnkota’s control center and print shop at Grand Forks, and then it’s off to the Baymont Inn & Suites in Mandan, N.D.

On the second day we will visit the Milton R. Young Station near Center, N.D., where most of our electricity is generated. This will include a tour of the open pit mines where machines strip the coal and reclaim the land so it can once again be used for agriculture. This is where we will see the huge electric dragline Liberty, with its 300-foot boom and 70-cubic-yard bucket, which is used to remove the overburden soil from the coal. Then, it’s off to see the Garrison Dam and the hydroelectric plant. We will end our day by returning to the Baymont Inn & Suites for supper.

On the third day we will drive by the Ashtabula Wind Energy Center near Valley City, N.D., and then visit the Infinity wind turbine by Petersburg, N.D. Some of our energy is generated at both sites. The wind towers at Ashtabula are 250 feet tall with 120-foot blades. After that, we’re off to Grand Forks for lunch and then back home.

The cost to members is just $100 per person or $175 per couple, which covers your cost of the bus, hotel, tours and meals. Members who have not been on this trip are encouraged to go. Find the signup sheet for the bus tour in the April Enlightener!

Items for Bid

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North Star Electric has the following items up for bid! More information regarding the bidding for these items will appear in our April Enlightener. At this time, we anticipate that submitted bids will be opened mid-May. Please contact Marty Mollberg at our Baudette office with any questions on these items or the bidding process. For a photo of most of the items up for bid, click here.

1987 Honda TRX 350D 4 wheeler, 482 hours on unit (for pictures of this unit, click here)

Fiberglass utility body off a 2004 Chevrolet 2500 pickup

1994 Model FSL 1427e Redi-haul trailer, GVWR 17150, 2-7000 #AXELS, fold up ramps

2005 Felling pole trailer

1971 Model JS70, J5 Bombardier

1999 Ford F-250 Triton V-8, mileage 157,858

1998 Ford F-250, mileage 205,226

2002 Ford F-150, mileage 146,185

2001 Chevrolet ½ ton pickup, mileage 234,322

6470 Davco brush cutter SN#6032, fits ASV or Bobcat skid loaders

Beware of Energy Related Sales Pitches

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Please beware of salespeople pitching energy savings from things such as radiant barriers. Click here to read an article that comes from the Minnesota Department of Commerce and is a good reminder to be cautious of such sales pitches. If ever you have any questions or are wondering about the validity of sales pitches regarding energy saving methods, feel free to give our office a call at 888-634-2202.