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NPEC/DVEC to send students to D.C.
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Northern Plains Electric Cooperative and Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative each selected a student to send to Washington, D.C., as part of the National Rural Electric Youth Tour Essay Contest. The contest was the first for North Plains Electric and Dakota Valley Electric.

Dakota Valley Electric selected Jayden Conant, a sophomore at Litchville-Marion High School. His parents are Darcie and Clint Knudsen, Marion, and Kyle Conant, West Fargo, N.D.

Northern Plains Electric selected Cole Christensen, who attends home school near Courtenay. His parents are Frank and Laurie Christensen.

As the winners, Conant and Christensen will travel to the nation’s capital June 14-20. There, they will meet with legislative representatives and senators, hear keynote speakers and visit many of Washington’s historic landmarks.

Rural Electric Cooperatives were created in the 1930s when President Franklin D. Roosevelt founded the Rural Electrification Administration. As part of the Rural Electrification Act, farmers and ranchers created member-owned utilities called cooperatives.

Students who will be high school juniors and seniors in the upcoming school year may apply for the annual contest. The student and his or her parent or guardians must be members of Northern Plains Electric or Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative and complete an essay. This year, the essay topic was “Many North Dakota electric cooperatives are or will soon celebrate their 75th anniversaries. Describe how rural electric cooperatives have contributed to the quality of life in North Dakota and your local community.”

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Dakota Valley Electric has headquarter offices in Edgeley and Milnor, N.D. Northern Plains Electric has headquarter offices in Carrington and Cando, N.D.