116 East 12th St. • New England, N.D. 58647
(701) 579-4191 • www.slopeelectric.coop
For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,
For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home --
For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,
For the cunning and strength of the workingman’s hand,
For the good that our artists and poets have taught,
For the friendship that hope and affection have brought --
For the homes that with purest affection are blest,
For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest.
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It is with mixed emotions as I
write this manager’s message —
the last one in my cooperative
career that has spanned 30 years,
and it has been 30 years of great
Since 2006, Don Franklund
and I have provided management
services to Slope Electric
Cooperative; the first two
years as interim managers, and
then beginning in 2008, as
co-managers of the Innovative
Energy Alliance. The alliance was formed by Slope, Mor-
Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative and Roughrider Electric
Cooperative to provide management services to those three
The management time spent at Slope has been a great
experience that all revolves around people. First of all, the
board of directors has provided great leadership for the
electric cooperative program and the members we serve.
Secondly, the employees are a supportive, dedicated group
of individuals who enjoy being a part of the cooperative
family. They are committed to improving the quality of life
for the members they serve. And lastly, you, the members,
have accepted the new manager concept and made us feel
very welcome. We are indeed grateful for that attitude.
The support of engaged and loyal cooperative members is
the source of our cooperative strength. As our membership
shifts to consumers who are less familiar with their
cooperative, engagement becomes more of a challenge.
Today and in the foreseeable future, we have a
responsibility to revitalize the spirit of the cooperative
movement and empower our members. If we are to grow in
strength, it is imperative that we activate our members to use
the power of the cooperative network to address the issues
affecting their quality of life. Member involvement in their
electric cooperative is critical.
Sixty-five years ago, electric cooperative members looked
to their local cooperative to enable them to meet their needs
and aspirations in some very challenging times. Working
hand-in-hand with their local electric cooperative, we have
the chance to bring new opportunity and prosperity to our
Let us rededicate ourselves to the fundamentals of the
electric cooperative business model and provide leadership
for positive change, building loyalty and trust among a new
generation of members.
It has been an honor to service you, the members of Slope
Using space heaters to warm small areas of the
home can save money, but the heaters need to be
“Burns from hot elements and the danger of carbon
monoxide poisoning are just two of the safety concerns with
using space heaters,” cautions Carl Pedersen, North Dakota
State University Extension Service energy educator.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas released from
fuel-burning space heaters. If these gases are not exhausted
outdoors, they can cause a variety of health problems and
“Do not use unvented combustion heaters in a home,”
Pedersen says. “Even if heaters are vented, homeowners
should make sure to have a carbon monoxide detector.”
The heating element and, in some cases, the covering of
a space heater can be very hot, so avoid touching the heater.
Because burns can result from touching a space heater, you
need to teach small children to stay away from any space
heater or find ways to keep them from getting near
You also need to keep space heaters away from
combustible materials such as furniture, carpet, walls,
curtains and tablecloths. Check the manufacturer’s
recommendations on how far the heater needs to be from
Avoid placing space heaters in high-traffic areas as well.
Many electric space heaters will shut off automatically if they
tip over, but the element still can be hot, which could cause
a fire if it comes in contact with combustible material.
“Also avoid purchasing space heaters advertised as ‘miracle
heaters,’” Pedersen advises. “Radiant and convection space
heaters can be found at any hardware store for a fraction of
the hundreds of dollars of the advertised heaters and heat just
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Slope Electric is one of more
than 900 electric cooperatives
in America. But we’re just
one type of cooperative: More than
29,200 operate in our country,
including a large segment of the
agriculture industry. From dairy to
oranges, and almonds to cotton, our
nation’s farmers know the value of
the cooperative business model.
The next time you’re at the grocery
store, see how many items you can
purchase that were produced by a
co-op. Starting in the produce section,
pick up some
Cruise over to
cases and take
a look at the
eggs — 95
by co-ops. Then pick up some Florida
Natural orange juice, Land O’Lakes
butter, Cabot or Tillamook cheese,
and Organic Valley milk. Need a warm
drink? Try Equal Exchange coffee, tea
or hot chocolate. Finally, drop some
Blue Diamond almonds in your
cart — a perfect pick-me-up for that
3 p.m. slump.
Now that you’ve finished your
grocery shopping, make your way to
Ace Hardware or True Value to get
supplies for your weekend projects.
Or go to Dickinson’s Prairie Hills
Mall to replace your old, falling-apart
blue jeans with a new pair from GAP,
Banana Republic, or Guess; all three
get their cotton from Plains Cotton
Growers Cooperative’s Denimatrix. But
before you do that, head to your credit
union, another cooperative, to make a
deposit to cover your purchases.
Sixty-seven years ago, concerned
farmers and ranchers came together
to begin Slope Electric Cooperative
in southwest North Dakota. In time,
people could put away those kerosene
lamps, have stoves not dependent
on cow chips for fuel, and keep food
cold without the ice house. Yard lights
started dotting the countryside as
beacons in the night. Slope Electric
now has 1,887 active members.
The cooperative business model
promotes self-sustainment and local
economic growth. Support our nation’s
cooperatives and local co-ops in
southwest North Dakota, as we work
together to build a better world.
Find a co-op near you at
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sure to leave at least three to four feet
of space above and around it to vent
You also need to protect folks
working to restore power. Never plug
your portable generator into a wall
outlet in your home. This produces
“backfeeding” – a dangerous risk to
the safety of lineworkers because it
can energize power lines thought to
be dead. For stationary generators
that are permanently installed, a
licensed electrician will need to install
a “transfer switch” that complies with
the National Electric Code. The switch
safely cuts the electricity to the power
lines. And be sure to call your local
electric cooperative before you install a
generator to ensure safety for yourself
A few other rules are important to
keep top of mind:
• Follow the manufacturer’s
instructions and safety tips for
Use portable generators
During an unexpected power outage, a portable generator can keep us
comfortable until power is restored. But if not operated properly,
a generator can quickly become dangerous.
What’s the first rule? Never,
ever use a generator indoors
– even with windows open
– or in an enclosed area, including an
attached garage. Locate the generator
where fumes cannot filter into your
home through windows or doors
– even 15 feet is too close. Carbon
monoxide, which is odorless and
invisible, can build up to lethal levels
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in a matter of minutes. If you plan
to use a generator, install a carbon
monoxide detector, and test the
To avoid risk of shock, use your
generator only on a dry surface where
rain or snow can’t leak or puddle
underneath. If precipitation poses a
problem, create an open-air, tent-like
structure above the unit, but make
• Plug appliances into the outlet on
the generator using only heavyduty
extension cords marked
specifically for outdoor use. Check
the wattage use of each appliance
plugged in and make sure the
total does not exceed the cord’s
wattage rating. In addition, the
cords should have three prongs
and should not be frayed or cut.
• Shut down the generator and let
it cool down before you refuel –
gasoline or kerosene spilled on a
hot generator could start a fire.
• If you’re buying your first portable
generator, plan ahead. Count
the wattages for the lighting
and appliances – you’ll want to
purchase a generator that can
handle the load.
Slope Electric Cooperative
encourages you to protect the wellbeing
and safety of your family during
outages, and safeguard those who
come to your aid during emergency
situations. When we work together
for safety and the good of our
communities, we all benefit.
High School Juniors & Seniors...
Write a winning essay and win a trip of a lifetime!
An all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
• To enter the essay-writing contest, you must be a junior or senior in high
school in the fall of 2013.
June 15 to 21,
• You and your parents or guardian must be served by Slope Electric
• Essay is not to exceed two standard 8½- by 11-inch typewritten,
double-spaced pages on this topic:
In choosing a career in the energy industry, what type of job
would you be most interested in and why?
• Submit your essay in hard copy or electronic format to Slope Electric.
Electronic submissions should conform to the two-page, doublespaced
guideline described above. Include a cover page with your
name, date of birth, school and grade in 2013, parent or guardian’s
name, address and telephone number.
• The deadline is Jan. 31, 2013. Emailed entries should be directed to
email@example.com, and hard-copy entries mailed to:
Youth Tour Essay Contest, Slope Electric Cooperative, 116 E. 12th St.,
P.O. Box 338, New England, ND 58647-0338.
• If you have a question, contact Kathy Lentz, Slope Electric, at the
address listed above, or call 701-579-4191 during regular business
TOP 3 REASONS TO ENTER THE
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compliments of Slope Electric Cooperative.
2. A whole week to visit unforgettable historic monuments,
museums and the U.S. Capitol.
3. A learning experience you’ll never forget.
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with Energy Star
Consider these benefits when
replacing old appliances with
Energy Star-qualified models:
• Improved refrigerators –
Some of today’s Energy
Star-qualifi ed refrigerators
use less electricity than a
60-watt incandescent light
bulb run continuously. More
effi cient operation means
that newer models are
quieter; redesigned doors
provide better insulation
to keep food fresher, and
deeper doors provide
more space for commonly
• “Smart” dishwashers
– Energy-Star qualified
dishwashers have “smart”
features that minimize water
use and demand on the
water heater and allow for
quieter operation and less
includes more effective
washing action, energyeffi
cient motors and other
advanced technology, such
as sensors that determine
the length of the wash cycle
and the temperature of the
water necessary to clean
the dishes. Always be sure
to consider factors such
as how much water the
dishwasher uses per cycle.
Less water means less cost
to operate. To save even
more energy, avoid using the
heated dry cycle. Instead, let
your dishes air dry.
• Advanced clothes washer
technology – Energy Starqualifi
ed clothes washers
features for improved
operation, more thorough
rinsing, and the removal of
more water in the spin cycle
make washing clothes more
convenient and help protect
your clothing investment.
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You’ve had your fridge forever. With
the exception of a crumbling seal, it’s
in good shape and keeps your food
cool. Why worry about budgeting for
Some homeowners forget the impact
inefficient appliances have on a home’s
monthly power bill. Replacing a
refrigerator made before 1993 with a
new, Energy Star-rated model could
lower your electric bill by $65 to $100
This leaves consumers with a
question when evaluating older
appliances: How much energy use is
too much? To estimate the energy use of
an appliance, use this formula:
Wattage × Hours used per day × Days
used per year ÷ 1,000 = Kilowatt-hours
(KWH) used annually
Then calculate the annual cost to use
an appliance by multiplying the KWH
per year by your electric cooperative’s
rate per KWH used.
You can usually find the wattage
of most appliances stamped on the
bottom or back of the appliance, or
on its nameplate. The wattage listed
is the maximum power drawn by the
appliance. Since some appliances have
a range of settings, the actual amount
of power consumed depends on the
setting used at any one time.
Once you calculate how much
money you spend to run aging home
appliances, compare this to what
it would cost to use more efficient
models. Don’t want the hassle of
adding up the potential savings? Visit
www.togetherwesave.com, where you
can walk through a typical home.
Upgrade appliances and make other
energy-smart choices in each room.
Each time you make a change, you’re
shown how much money you could
save on your annual electric bill!
All of these light
bulbs – CFLs, LEDs
– meet the new
that take effect
Changing bulbs can save more than a little change
How many people does it take to change a light bulb – and save energy?
The average home contains
40 light fixtures, according to the
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Thanks to a series of staggered
federal standards and more lighting
choices than ever before, the average
homeowner could save $50 every
year by using more energy-effi cient
This year, the fi rst of several federal
light bulb effi ciency standards began,
requiring manufacturers to stop
making 100-watt (W) incandescent
bulbs in favor of ones using less
electricity to produce the same amount
of light (lumens).
In January 2013, a new set of light
bulb effi ciency standards falls into
place, this time halting production of
ineffi cient 75-W incandescent bulbs. A
year later, household light bulbs using
between 40 W to 100 W must consume
at least 28 percent less energy than
classic bulbs, saving Americans an
estimated $6 billion to $10 billion in
lighting costs annually.
This doesn’t mean the outmoded
bulbs went away – you can still fi nd
old stock at stores around town. But
keep in mind that those traditional
incandescent bulbs waste 90 percent
of your lighting costs as heat.
One of the easiest ways to save
money on energy bills is to replace
ineffi cient light bulbs with bulbs
that produce just as much light
but use less energy, according to
Carl Pedersen, North Dakota State
University Extension Service
“People often do not think about the
two costs that electronic equipment
has,” Pedersen says. “There is the
original purchase price and also the
price of using the electronics. While
it is true that an energy-effi cient bulb
will cost more to purchase, consumers
easily will recoup the initial costs in
Pedersen uses his home as
“If I assume a light bulb in my house
is on eight hours a day, at my current
electricity rate, a 60-watt bulb will
cost me $14.02 a year,” he says. “If I
replace that bulb with an equivalent
compact fl uorescent light (CFL), I will
pay $3.04 in energy costs for that
light, which is a savings of almost $11
a year on just one bulb. My kitchen
fi xtures have 10 bulbs, so that is a
potential savings of $110 in just
More options available
The CFL has been championed
for years as an energy-effi cient style.
These swirly bulbs slash energy use
by 75 percent compared to traditional
incandescent bulbs and last up to
10 times longer.
But for folks who don’t like the pigtail
CFL shape or who worry about the
very small amount of mercury in these
bulbs, another, brighter option looms
on the horizon: light-emitting diodes
(LEDs). These solid-state products
have been used in electronics since
the 1960s, and manufacturers are
ramping up efforts to transform
them into the perfect replacement
bulb. LEDs require 75 percent to 80
percent less energy than traditional
incandescent bulbs and can last
25 times longer – by far the longest
DOE estimates it’ll take more than
six years for a $40, 800-lumen (60-W
equivalent) LED to pay for itself. But
investments in manufacturing and
increased demand should help drive
down costs. By 2021, LED prices are
expected to drop by a factor of 10,
and that’s good news for anyone who
enjoys the thought of only changing a
light bulb once every 20 years or so.
If you don’t want to stray too far from
the bulbs you’re used to, consider
halogen incandescent light bulbs.
Color options and dimming abilities
mirror their time-tested forebearers,
but they cut energy consumption
by 25 percent and last three times
longer. While halogen bulbs meet the
new standards, they are not nearly
as effi cient as CFL or LED bulbs. The
advantage of the halogen bulbs is that
they perform similarly to a standard
incandescent light bulb.
Replace with care
“Replacing every bulb in the home
is not recommended,” Pedersen says.
“It would not make sense to replace
all the bulbs with more effi cient lights
because some lights do not get used
enough to warrant replacement.
However, replacing the most heavily
used light bulbs does make sense,
but consumers need to be careful
As with any purchase, there are
issues with the quality of the product
and making sure the right bulb is
purchased for a particular situation.
For example, CFL bulbs are not
recommended for use with dimmer
switches, in enclosed recessed-light
fi xtures or in ceiling fans with high
vibrations. There are effi cient lighting
options for dimmers and recessedlight
fi xtures, but consumers need to
educate themselves on the purchase
they are making.
The U.S. Energy Star program
provides more information on
determining the best lighting options
To learn more about saving energy,
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Do you love to color or draw? Put
your talent to use by helping us design
Slope Electric Cooperative’s annual
We would love to use a drawing
from one of our members on our
annual holiday card. The winning
card will be sent to vendors of Slope
Electric and other cooperatives. The
winning entry will be featured in the
North Dakota Living magazine local
pages this December.
Entries will be displayed and judged
in the office at Slope Electric in
The winner will also receive a $50
• You can use pencil, colored pencils,
crayons or markers.
• Drawings must be done on 8.5” by
11” inch plain, white paper.
• Please include your name (parent’s
name if under age 18), age, address
and phone number.
• Only current members and memberdependents
are eligible for this
contest. Employees and their
children are not eligible.
Deadline: All entries must be received
at the New England office by Friday,
Unclaimed capital credit checks
Listed below are names of Slope
Electric Cooperative members who
have capital credit checks waiting
to be claimed. If your name is on
this list, or if you know the current
contact information for a name listed
here, please contact our office at
800-559-4191 or 701-579-4191.
Allmond, Steve and Janine
Dakota Prairie Beef
Dry Creek Cabins
First Energy Services
Furniss, John and Susan
Hettinger Honey Co.
Johnson, Keith and Mary
Miller, Joe and Keri
Moorhead Construction Co.
Mork, Adam and Dana
Oberg, Robert D.
Smith, Ross S.
Txco the Exploration Co.
Western Wireless Corp. Holding
Wilson, Dan H. and Sharon R.
Winarske, Roger T.
Yarchan Sr., Robert S.
Slope Electric Cooperative
will be closed
Nov. 12 for Veterans Day
& Nov. 22 and 23 for
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Terryl L. Jacobs, Pres........................................ Regent
Lauren Klewin, Vice President......................Amidon
Steve Wegner, Sec. .......................................... Reeder
Jerome D. Caron, Treas. ...............................Scranton
Jim Kerzman......................................................... Mott
John Lee Njos................................................... Rhame
Lyle Narum.................................................... Bowman
Don Franklund, Clayton Hoffman,
LaWanna Wilhelm......... Chief of Staff/Key Accounts
Travis Kupper..........................Chief Financial Officer
Dean Volk.................................... Operation Manager
Beverly Braun..... Bookkeeper/Consumer Accts. Rep.
Judy Kirschmann....................Customer Service Rep.
Linda Peterson.....................................Billing Analyst
Daniela Howie....................Operations Coordinator/
Customer Serv. Rep.
Rodney Benz..........................AMR/SCDA Technician
Darlene Herberholz........................ Plant Accountant
Arlin Reindel......................................Line Technician
Leonard Gartner................................Line Technician
Darwin Wilke.................................. Outpost Foreman
Kenneth Dobitz..................................Line Technician
Lyle Kovar...........................................Line Technician
Craig Turner.......................................Line Technician
Jeff Boynton........................................Line Technician
Andrew Sonsalla................................Line Technician
Chris Backhaus..................................Line Technician
Kyle Binstock.....................................Line Technician
Cody Braaten.................Apprentice Line Technician
Dusty Hoff......................Apprentice Line Technician
Roger Wipf... Warehouseman/Materials Coordinator