News Releases

Additional crews help restore electricity in rural areas

4:30 p.m. Update, November 19, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, MN – Line crews are making progress restoring electricity across northern Minnesota today, but Lake Country Power is advising members without service to make contingency plans to stay warm tonight. The electric cooperative has all available field personnel and outside contractors working to restore electric service, but expects it will be tomorrow before power is fully restored for remote areas and some individual service locations.

Reinforcements helping turn lights back on in rural areas

11:30 a.m. Update, Nov. 19, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, MN – Access remains the biggest issue today as Lake Country Power line crews continue power restoration efforts across parts of eight counties in northern Minnesota. Most rural roads are now clear, but soft, wet soil under 12 to 18 inches of snow is making access for linemen, lift trucks and heavy equipment challenging.    

Winter’s fury leaves access to rural areas limited, slows outage restoration

8:30 p.m. Update, Nov. 18, 2016

Lake Country Power line crews have been working into the evening restoring power for thousands of electric co-op consumers throughout northern Minnesota. Crews will be back on the line at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow to restore remaining outages.

Nearly 8,000 members remain without power across the co-op’s mostly rural 11,000 square-mile service territory. Limited visibility and poor conditions have made travel difficult along county roads and highways, which has slowed progress.

Crews working in white-outs

4:00 p.m. Update, Nov. 18, 2016

Grand Rapids, MN – The number of Lake Country Power members without electric service is growing this afternoon — going from 900 members this late-morning to more than 6,000 members this late afternoon. Today’s winter storm continues to dump heavy, wet snow across the co-op’s service area. Wind speeds are steady at 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 mph, causing trees to blow onto power lines.

Winter blast causing outages

11:15 a.m. Update, Nov. 18, 2016

Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power line crews are currently working to restore 18 different power outages during today’s strong winter storm.  

Nearly 900 Lake Country Power members are without power. The outages are weather related due to the season’s first winter blast that’s bringing heavy snowfall and high wind gusts. Trees and limbs are blowing onto power lines, and since the ground isn’t frozen some trees are taking down lines.   

See LCP’s new padmount substation


McGregor, MN — Lake Country Power’s new padmount, low-profile substation will be unveiled for the media and co-op members at a special ribbon cutting ceremony, Wednesday, November 2 at 10:30 a.m. You are invited to attend. 

LCP’s “Big Sandy Substation” will be energized Friday, October 28. More than 1,730 Lake Country Power members near McGregor will receive improved electric service from this unique, first-of-its-kind substation investment.

2017 calendar winning photos


Grand Rapids, MN — These are the 12 winning photos that made the cut for the 2017 co-op calendar! The selection process was great fun again this year, with so many of you casting your votes with a "like" on Facebook for the photos you liked best.

Congrats to the following Lake Country Power members: Todd Nutting, Patti Johnson, Jeff Brooks, Cheryl Bunes, Drew Brockett, Brenda Hadrich, Marsha Rokke, Andrene Myrum, Sandy Brooks, Shelley Taylor and Sandy Wahlquist.