Our People

Community Involvement

While Minnkota’s first priority is delivering safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible electricity to those we serve, we also feel strongly about supporting and contributing to the development of our communities. In fact, "Concern for Community" is one of the seven core principles that guide our actions all year long.
Jeans Day
Minnkota’s Jeans Day allows employees to donate $1 every Friday for the privilege of wearing jeans to work. When the Jeans Day Fund hits a designated level, a committee reviews employee suggestions and determines which charity or nonprofit should receive a donation. Since 2011, Minnkota has gifted more than $50,000 to local organizations through this program.
Feed My Starving Children
Minnkota provides the use of its Grand Forks campus for an annual Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) mobile packing event in April,which draws dozens of community volunteers. Founded in 1987, FMSC provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children across the world.
NRECA International
Minnkota has joined with NRECA International to volunteer time and donate equipment to help build electric systems in rural areas in developing nations. This effort has helped bring this life-changing technology to more than 160 million people. Electricity opens up a whole world of new possibilities: better health care, better education and safer streets.
Andrew Freeman Design Innovation Competition
Minnkota supports the annual Andrew Freeman Design Innovation Competition, which provides awards for inventive design projects by UND College of Engineering and Mines students. The competition is held in honor of Freeman, a UND School of Engineering and Mines alumnus and former general manager of Minnkota for 42 years.
Contractor Training and Electrical Education
Minnkota, in partnership with its member cooperatives and participating municipals, provides annual training opportunities for the region's electrical contractors. Each winter, Minnkota provides electrical code credit classes for electricians to renew their licenses.
Volunteering within the communities
Minnkota supports its employees being active in their communities and volunteering their time to worthwhile community projects. Employees have volunteered with many nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Optimist Club, Shriners, volunteer fire and ambulance groups and many more.