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NOVEMBER 2011116 East 12th St. • New England, N.D. 58647(701) 579-4191 • www.slopeelectric.coopFreedom is not freeby Ashley PersynThere is a price we pay for freedomFor it is not truly freeBut rather paid for bythe contributions of veteransTo buy our libertyIn honor of those who have fought for us,Slope Electric will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11.INSIDE:• An attitude of gratitude• Operation news• Youth Tour• Energy savingsNOVEMBER 2011 • SLOPE ELECTRIC NEWS—C1


An ATTITUDE of GRATITUDEby Judy KirschmannDriving to Bismarck for treatments got pretty cold forEugene Krambeer. When it became unbearable, hewould stop and get under the dash to wire theheater so it would work. When the car had warmed up, hewould stop and disconnect the wires. So during the coldmonths it was a long trip with all the stops and starts.Operation Round Up awarded Eugene funds to fix theheater and help pay for gas (see the thank-you note).Eugene has courageously been fighting colon cancer forsix years. He’s had four to five surgeries before he lostcount, with minor ones thrown in. I contacted him by cellphone for an interview, and he told me he was in Bismarckgetting his 94th chemotherapy treatment and radiation.While we were on the phone, I assured him I’d call backwhen it was more convenient, and he laughed andanswered, “You have me as a captive audience now, so Ibelieve this time is as good as any.”Raised nearLodgepole, S.D.,Eugene has livedin the area hisentire life exceptfor his military service.He worked forAdams County forFamily is what has given Eugene the strength to keep fighting.23 years, and took early retirement when he had to be gonefor treatment so many times that he had used his vacationand sick leave.Eugene’s wife, Beverly, and family are a true support inthis battle. They have been there to help and keep him ingood spirits. Eugene has not been able to hunt and fish asmuch as he would like, but feels blessed to have his granddaughterfrom Hettinger keeping him company by playingCatching the big one hasalways been on EugeneKrambeer’s mind.C2—SLOPE ELECTRIC NEWS • NOVEMBER 2011


Operation Round Up awarded Eugene fundsto fix the heater and help pay for gas. Below is anote of thanks.Eugene has not been able to hunt and fish as much as he wouldlike, but feels blessed to have his granddaughter from Hettingerkeeping him company by playing Pitmaster and building bonfiresthis summer.Pitmaster and building bonfires this summer.Sighing, he stated, “Since my wife works, the days get longand doing these things with my granddaughter helps thetime pass.”Eugene continues treatment in Bismarck with Dr. Thomas.He’s pursuing different drugs and continues chemo and radiation.Dr. Thomas conveyed that Eugene has had every kindof treatment offered in Bismarck and he is still pressing on,which shows the motto Euguene lives by: Attitude is everything.This is so true.Letter of thanksDear Slope Electric board members,I have received your check in the mail.I was very surprised that my request therepair of my old car was even considered. Iknow there are so many others who havegreater needs than I. I feel kind of guiltyreceiving the check.This is my first time I ever applied for thistype of thing. I will use the money as I said Iwas going to. It is going to be really nice to beable to change my temp in my car withouthaving to stop and reach under the dash.I feel that all organizations should do whatSlope Electric is doing. It’s a good thing.Thank you,Eugene KrambeerStatistics from theAmerican Cancer Society found atwww.cancerorg.:Hunting is an exciting time for the Eugene Krambeer family.• 101,700 new cases in 2011• 1 in 20 develop cancer in a lifetime• Colon Cancer is second leading cause of death• Risk is greater with age in men• About 90 percent curable if caught early• People over 50 should be screened every 10 yearsSLOPE ELECTRICNOVEMBER 2011 • SLOPE ELECTRIC NEWS—C3


DEDICATED TO HELPOperation Round Up is glad to give when there is a needIllness can be emotionally and physically draining. It also can put amassive dent in the budget – even with health insurance. The SlopeElectric Charitable Trust Board of directors awarded three grants toindividuals who had specific and immediate health care needs at theAug. 2 conference call.Faye Burke, board chairman, says when people need assistance inpaying medical bills or dealing with a crisis such as a house fire, theboard puts those needs as a priority when they determine grants. Theboard looks for individuals or families that may not have otherresources. Burke says, “We are glad to give when there is a need.”Burke and two other co-op members have been elected to servethree-year board terms by members of the co-op’s Member AdvisoryCommittee. The other board members include Bruce Hagen and LynnGreff, and Slope Electric Cooperative board member Anthony Larson.How does Operation Round Up work?Operation Roundup is a voluntary program set up for Slope ElectricCooperative members. Consumers agree to have their monthly electricbill “rounded up” to the nearest dollar each month. Those rounded-uppennies are then placed in the Slope Electric Charitable Trust and awarded to various groups and organizations.Sixty-three percent of our electric customers participate in Operation Round Up, generating almost $500 a month in fundsfor the trust and matched by Slope Electric. Starting in 1997, more than 11 million pennies in Operation Round Up have beendonated to 104 individuals, 62 community needs, six youth and nine schools in the Slope Electric service area.Faye Burke, board chairman, says anyone in Adams, Bowman, Hettinger and Slope counties can submit an application.Every member canMAKE A DIFFERENCEIf you’re a Slope Electric memberand you do not currently round up yourbill, please consider participating inthe Operation Round Up program!Your donation is tax deductible andmembers who give will receive a summarizedstatement in their January bill.Thanks to those pennies awarded,traveling to cancer treatments is just abit easier for Eugene Krambeer. Heappreciates the Operation Round Upprogram, and co-op members madethis possible. You, too, can make a difference,for less than a dollar eachmonth.To have your utility bill rounded up,please call SlopeElectric Cooperativeat (701) 579-4191 and tell ourstaff you’d like tosupport OperationRound Up.C4—SLOPE ELECTRIC NEWS • NOVEMBER 2011


If your standby electricity generator has been in storage since last winter, now is the time to make sure it is still operating properly.Is your standby generator STANDING BY?If your standby electricity generator has been in storage sincelast winter, now is the time to make sure it is still operatingproperly—before an outage occurs.Test your generator now to make sure it’s working, thenoperate it at intervals throughout the year. Regularly runningyour generator will also keep you familiar with theoperating procedure.The fuel should be fresh, battery charged, electricalconnections good, filters clean and cooling system wellmaintained.Always follow the manufacturer’s instructionson engine maintenance.“You also need to take into account electrical safety considerationswith a standby generator,” says George Maher, anagricultural safety specialist with the North Dakota State UniversityExtension Service. “Most important is the transferswitch that disconnects the farm or home from the power lineand connects it to the generator. It must be a double-throwtransfer switch which prevents the generator from feedingelectricity back into the power line. This protects the linemenwho may be working to restore your service.”Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on howto use your generator. If you have additional questions, pleasecall your electric cooperative. We will be glad to work with youto make sure your generator is used properly.SLOPE ELECTRICNOVEMBER 2011 • SLOPE ELECTRIC NEWS—C5


One way to save electricity is bysimply “turning off the switch.”SIMPLE ACTIONS CANSAVETurn on the lightsand TV, start thecomputer, andhead to the kitchen tocook dinner. Arrivinghome after a day atwork, most of us walkthrough a familiarroutine.We hardly take astep that does not involve the reliable flow ofelectricity. And every light switch or appliancewe turn on sends the electric meter outsidespinning a little faster.Can we do anything to make a differencein our use of electricity? The answer is anemphatic, “Yes.” Even simple steps makea difference.It starts with learning all we can about energyconservation and efficiency. While they are notthe same thing, they are close relatives.Conservation occurs when we reduce totalconsumption of electricity, often achieved bysimply turning off anything that consumeselectricity when not needed.Energy efficiency occurs when we replace orupgrade the essentials in our lives, such asappliances, lighting or insulation, allowing us torealize the same benefit with less electricity.Then, take action. Several small savings canadd up.One way to save electricity is by simply“turning off the switch.” But sometimes, moreneeds to be done.Did you know you’re sharing your home with“energy vampires,” electronic and electricaldevices that continue to use electricity evenwhen turned off?On average, these items are responsible for anestimated 10 percent of the electricity you useevery month.One way to identify energy vampires isto look for devices with remote controls – TVs,DVRs and audio equipment, for example. Thentarget gaming consoles, computers, monitorsand printers as well as chargers for cells phonesand other electronics. Chargers draw energyeven when they’re not charging anything.An easy way to seal the coffin on energy vampiresis to plug components of your computer orhome entertainment system into a power strip.With a single flip of a switch, you can fully cutpower to them.C6—SLOPE ELECTRIC NEWS • NOVEMBER 2011


NATIONAL RURAL ELECTRICYOUTH TOURHigh School Juniors and Seniors...Write a winning essayand win a trip of a lifetime!And 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 2012.►You and your parents or guardian must be served by Slope Electric Cooperative.►Essay is not to exceed two standard 8½- by 11-inch typewritten, double-spaced pageson this topic: What would your day be like without electricity?►Submit your essay in hard copy or electronic format to Slope Electric. Electronic submissionsshould conform to the two-page, double-spaced guideline described above. Include a cover pagewith your name, date of birth, school and grade in 2012, parent or guardian’s name, address andtelephone number.►The deadline is January 30, 2012. E-mailed entries should be directed to Kathy Lentz atklentz@slopeelectric.coop, and hard-copy entries mailed to: Youth Tour Essay Contest, SlopeElectric Cooperative, 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 hours.JUNE 16 to 22,2012TOP 3 REASONS TO ENTER THE ESSAY-WRITING CONTEST1. All-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., compliments of SlopeElectric Cooperative.2. A whole week to visit unforgettable historic monuments, museumsand the U.S. Capitol.3. A learning experience you’ll never forget.Check it out atwww.ndyouthtour.comandwww.youthtour.coopNOVEMBER 2011 • SLOPE ELECTRIC NEWS—C7SLOPE ELECTRIC


Unclaimed capital credit checksListed below are names of Slope Electric Cooperative members who havecapital credit checks waiting to be claimed. If your name is on this list, orif you know the current contact information for a name listed here, pleasecontact our office at (800) 559-4191 or (701) 579-4191.Allmond, SteveCarroll, TammyDakota Prairie BeefFirst Energy Services Corp.Foust, JustinFurniss, John & SusanGordon, ToddJacobs, MarkJohnson, Mary & KeithJorgenson-Maliscke, KathyKoenig, AaronKoenigshof, DaveKostelecky, DavidKramlich, RamseyMaliscke, GabrielMayer, LorenMiller, Keri & JoeMischel, JohnMoorhead Construction Co. Inc.Mork, Dana & AdamOlson, ToddPetroleum Inc.Ray, SteveRussell, Irwin J.Strand, CurtisSusa, EugeneSwanston, IgretaUsselman, ShaneWieser, LoraWinarske, Roger T.Happy Thanksgiving!Slope Electric Cooperativewill be closedNov. 24 and 25.STATEMENT OF NON DISCRIMINATIONSlope Electric Cooperative Inc., New England, N.D., has filed with the federalgovernment a compliance assurance in which it assures the Rural Utilities Service,an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that it will comply fully with allthe requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of1975, as amended and the rules and regulations of the U.S. Department ofAgriculture. They provide that no person in the United States on the basis of race,color, national origin, sex religion, age or disability (not all prohibited bases applyto all programs) shall be excluded from participation in, admission, or access to,denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any ofthis organization’s programs or activities.The person responsible for coordinating this organization’s nondiscriminationcompliance efforts is Slope Electric Cooperative’s general manager/chief executiveofficer. Any individual, or specific class of individuals, who feels this organizationhas subjected them to discrimination may obtain further information about thestatutes and regulations listed above from and/or file a written complaint with thisorganization; or the Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of CivilRights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave S.W., Washington,D.C. 20250; or call 202-720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunityprovider and employer.Select, use space heaters with careAportable electric space heater may take the chill out of garages, basementsor workshops. But using an electric space heater requires attentionto safety as well as comfort.Before you purchase an electric space heater, check it carefully to make sure it has:• An automatic safety switch that will turn the unit off if it tips.• An overheat sensor that shuts off the heater if it gets too hot.• A low surface temperature to protect your family and pets from burns.• A guard or grill around the heating element.• A label noting the heater has been tested and approved by a nationally recognizedcertification organization, like the Underwriters Laboratory (UL).SLOPE ELECTRICCOOPERATIVE INC.BOARD OF DIRECTORSJim Kerzman, President ...................................MottTerryl L. Jacobs, V. Pres................................RegentSteve Wegner, Sec. ......................................ReederJerome D. Caron, Treas. ...........................ScrantonJohn Lee Njos ...............................................RhameLyle Narum ................................................BowmanLauren Klewin.............................................AmidonAnthony Larson........................................HettingerEMPLOYEESDon Franklund, Clayton Hoffman .................ManagersRex Sadler ...................................................Chief of StaffTravis Kupper .............................Chief Financial OfficerLaWanna Wilhelm ..................Key Accounts ExecutiveRodney Benz...........................AMR/SCADA TechnicianLynn Klein.........................................................SecretaryBeverly Braun.......Bookkeeper/Consumer Accts. Rep.Judy Kirschmann................................Customer ServiceRep., Slope ServicesKathy Lentz .................................................ReceptionistLinda Peterson ........................................Billing AnalystDaniela Howie ........................Operations CoordinatorDarlene Heberholz.............................Plant AccountantArlin Reindel .........................................Line TechnicianLeonard Gartner ...................................Line TechnicianDarwin Wilke .........................................Line TechnicianKenneth Dobitz.....................................Line TechnicianLyle Kovar..............................................Line TechnicianDean Volk...............................................Line TechnicianCraig Turner...........................................Line TechnicianJeff Boynton...........................................Line TechnicianAndrew Sonsalla...................................Line TechnicianChristopher Backhaus......................... Line TechnicianKyle Binstock........................................ Line TechnicianCody Braaten.............................Apprentice LineworkerDustin Hoff ................................Apprentice LineworkerRoger Wipf .............................................WarehousemanC8—SLOPE ELECTRIC NEWS • NOVEMBER 2011

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