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"Newsline" is the monthly Lake Country Power member newsletter and can be viewed as a PDF document online.

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People Powering You at Lake Country Power

Sean O'Neil

Sean O'Neil

Tree Crew

Brief overview of my job: The biggest part of my job is removing hazard trees to help provide safe and reliable power to our members.

Why I enjoy working at LCP: One of the things I enjoy most about working at LCP is the area I get to work in. I get to travel the whole service territory.

Community Involvement: I most recently volunteered at the "Take a Vet Fishing" event on Lake Vermilion.

Hobbies: My favorite hobby is trapping. I started trapping a couple years ago. It has challenged me and taught me much more about nature and animals than anything else ever has. My favorite animal to trap is beaver.

One random fact of interest about yourself:  I am a triplet.

Before I worked for the co-op? I worked for a line clearance contractor for another co-op in the north metro for 4.5 years before moving to the Iron Range. During the last two years of employment with them, I was a foreman on a bucket crew frequently tasked with training new employees.

Education/training/background: I have an associate’s degree in law enforcement. I completed the training at my last employer for bucket operator, tree climber, and specialized equipment operator. Recently I have been studying for the exam for the International Society of Arboriculture certification.

Gabrielle Gropp

Gabrielle Gropp

Customer Account Representative

Brief overview of my job: I provide customer service to members via phone and in person. Take payments from members and apply them to their accounts. Assist members with any capital credit inquires. Assist members with their outage calls and concerns.

Why I enjoy working at LCP: I am a people person and I enjoy working with my coworkers and members. I like being part of a team and problem solving. I thoroughly enjoy working for the Cooperative. It is a light-hearted atmosphere and I enjoy coming to work every day.

Family: Family is very important to me. I have been with my husband for 21 years and we have 2 daughters. I’m also blessed that my parents, 4 brothers and their families live in the area and we get to visit often.

Community Involvement: I volunteer with the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) and have served on their Executive Board in the past as a Regional Director.

Hobbies: I enjoy spending time fishing and camping with my family and friends and attending music festivals/concerts.

One random fact of interest about yourself: I was on the first girl’s hockey team in Grand Rapids, MN.

Before I worked for the co-op? I previously worked for the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) as the Program Coordinator and Turn in Poachers (TIP) as the administrator of the program.

Education/training/background: I have a teaching degree in Art Education from Bemidji State.

Matt Beal

Matt Beal

Member Service Representative

Brief overview of my job: My primary responsibility is working with co-op members to promote Lake Country Power’s Energy Wise® load management programs, like dual fuel and off-peak heating. 

Why I enjoy working at LCP: I enjoy serving our members. I like promoting our load management programs because I believe in the value these programs bring to members’ lives – both from an energy-efficiency perspective and from an economical advantage. I also enjoy the family atmosphere at work. 

Family: Married to my wife, Tonia for nine years. We have three children: Dara (19), Chad (14) and Ruby (7). 

Community Involvement: I’m a member at the Moose Lake Golf Club and play men’s league. I also volunteer through the junior golf program to teach ages 6 – 17 how to play golf. 

Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my family boating, fishing and golfing. 

One random fact of interest about yourself: Back in the late 1990’s, I won an award through the American Red Cross for extraordinary action in a nature rescue.

Before I worked for the co-op? Prior to working for LCP, I worked for AT&T and also Cellular One to sell features like data and text plans. This was prior to when everyone had unlimited texts and data. Now this is included in almost all cellular phone plans.

Education/training/background: I’ve had extensive training in customer service and sales throughout my tenure working for LCP and AT&T/Cellular One. 

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