THIS JUST IN! DVEC to offer free trip to D.C.!!

This is so exciting! DVEC’s board of directors recently agreed to participate in the Youth Tour program. That means we will send one student from the service area on an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C.!

Youth Tour – What is that?
More than 1,500 students from all across America take part in the Youth Tour experience each year. This year, the tour is set for June 14-20. Youth Tour participants travel to Washington, D.C., where they may  meet U.S. Representatives and Senators. This unique trip gives students the opportunity to watch history come alive through museums, memorials and monuments. Youth Tour participants meet student leaders from nearly every state and hear dynamic leaders on Youth Day. Bottom line, Youth Tour participants make friendships that will last a lifetime and be part of a group that has more than 50,000 alumni in every walk of life including U.S. Senators and CEOs. Participants foot the essay – Dakota Valley foots the bill!

Why does the co-op care?
Rural Electric Cooperatives were created in the 1930s when President Franklin D. Roosevelt founded the Rural Electrification Administration. Thanks to the Rural Electrification Act, those brave farmers and ranchers took it upon themselves to create their own member-owned utilities called cooperatives. This can-do spirit combined with the mission of giving back to the community is why electric cooperatives sponsor high school juniors and seniors on a week-long, all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

So how do I apply?
Here’s the qualification and application info.

* To enter the essay-writing contest, you must be a junior or senior in high school in the fall of 2014.
* This contest is open to dependents of Dakota Valley Electric members ONLY. That means you and your parents or guardian must receive your electricity from Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative.
* Essay is not to exceed two standard 8 1/2-  by 11-inch typewritten, double-spaced pages on this topic: Many North Dakota electric cooperatives are or will soon be celebrating their 75th anniversaries. Describe how rural electrification and rural electric cooperatives have contributed to the quality of life in North Dakota and your local community.
* Submit your essay in electronic format to Dakota Valley Electric. Electronic submissions should conform to the two-page, double-spaced guideline described above. Include a cover page with your name, date of birth, school and grade in 2014, parent or guardian’s name, address and telephone number.
* The deadline is Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. Email entries to
* If you have a question, contact Katie Ryan-Anderson at 701-252-1474 or

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