News Releases

LCP provides backing for food co-op’s business expansion

Grand Rapids, MN – Natural Harvest Food Co-op recently received a $100,000 Revolving Loan Fund from Lake Country Power to support its expansion into a new 9,000 square-foot building at the intersection of Fourth Street and Sixth Avenue in Virginia, Minn.

“Receiving this loan through Lake Country Power shows how excited the community is for our project because they are also part of the communities we serve,” said Anja Parenteau, general manager of Natural Harvest Food Co-op.

Special director election in District 1

February 1, 2017

Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power’s Board of Directors will let members decide on a replacement for the open District 1 board seat. The seat, held by Dale Long until his death in January, will remain vacant while the co-op holds a special election in District 1 this year. Members will be able to vote online or by mail before the co-op’s annual meeting Wednesday, April 19.

In Memory of Dale Long; 1955-2017

Remembering a member of the “family”

By Greg Randa

LCP general manager


We lost a friend, a leader and member of the cooperative family recently when LCP Board President Dale Long passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. We will miss Dale — his positive attitude, his character, his sense of community, his humanity and his leadership.

LCP honors community award winner

January 4, 2017

Itasca County Volunteers for the Handicapped Association takes top honor

Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power selected the Itasca County Volunteers for the Handicapped Association of Grand Rapids, Minn., as the winner of its annual Touchstone Energy Community Award. The co-op chose this non-profit organization for the 35 years they’ve touched the lives of those living with disabilities in communities spanning from Bemidji to Duluth.   

Power outage planned for 1,579 on Dec. 5

Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power members in areas near Grand Lake, Cloquet, Saginaw, Brookston and Culver will be without power starting 9:00 a.m., Monday, December 5.

The outage will last one hour and will affect Lake Country Power members served by the Grand Lake Substation.

Power for the more than 1,500 members affected by the outage is expected to be restored by approximately 10:00 a.m. 

The planned outage is necessary for crews to perform power line maintenance.

Lights back on for rural residents

8:30 p.m. Update, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, MN – With the exception of island locations or water access sites, Lake Country Power has restored all power outages from last Friday’s winter storm. The rural electric cooperative has turned the lights back on for nearly 8,000 members since Friday’s winter blast covered most of the Iron Range, including more than 800 services today.