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Lineman climbing utility pole with utility truck beside the pole. Text on image reads: Electric Co-op Commit Co-op Month 2017

Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative Observing National Co-op Month in October

Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative is joining 30,000 cooperatives nationwide in October to celebrate National Co-op Month, which recognizes the many ways cooperatives are committed to strengthening the local communities they serve. "Co-ops Commit" is the theme for this year's celebration, spotlighting the countless ways cooperatives meet the needs of their members and communities.

"Our cooperative delivers electricity to 12,638 member accounts in our eight-county service area of Northwest Iowa," says Rick Olesen, president and CEO. "Delivering safe, reliable, affordable power is our top priority, but we are also invested in our communities because we are locally owned and operated. Revenue generated by Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative goes back to Main Street, not Wall Street."

Rural America is served by a network of about 1,000 electric cooperatives, most of which were formed in the 1930s and 40s to bring electricity to farms and rural communities that large investor-owned power companies had no interest in serving because of the higher costs involved in serving low-population and low-density areas.

Follow #CoopMonth on Facebook and Twitter to see how cooperatives across the country are celebrating National Co-op Month.