Great River Energy

by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Great River Energy is hiring eight people at its garbage processing plant in Elk River, as it has ramped up operations in recent years. The full-time positions will be open through Dec. 27. Details are available at www.greatriverenergy.com. The new hires will bring the total number of employees at the [...]

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Great River Energy’s garbage processing plant in Elk River accepts waste from the public. Here are the details: •Mattresses, furniture, box springs and other large items: $10 •Auto tires: $8 each •Truck tires: $10 each •Propane tanks (up to 100 pounds): Free Garbage may also be delivered to the plant. The cost is $68 a [...]

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Great River Energy has donated $5,000 to the city of Elk River. The money will be used to purchase an EZ Child ID kit, which Police Chief Brad Rolfe said will greatly enhance the department’s goal of identifying children through fingerprints, audio and video. That data can be used to enhance location efforts if a [...]

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by Britt Aamodt Contributing writer Roger Ostby was part of what Mo Galvin, Sherburne History Center curator, calls one of the greatest Elk River stories. For a time, the green lawn that slopes upwards to the Great River Energy plant hosted the first nuclear reactor in rural America. Ostby, 86, was among the original crew [...]

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For the seventh consecutive year, a pair of peregrine falcons is nesting atop Great River Energy’s Elk River Energy Recovery Station. The adult male falcon, named Sawatzke, returned for the second year in 2013. Along with female Mary Ellen, they laid three eggs with two of them hatching in late May. The new arrivals, each [...]

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Peregrine falcons are nesting again atop the Great River Energy power plant in Elk River. The male, Sawatzke, hatched in 2009 at a power plant in Monticello and nested at GRE last year. The female, Mary Ellen, hatched in 2012 at Queens Bluff, according to GRE’s website. Mary Ellen laid three eggs in April. This [...]

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By containing costs and improving efficiency, Great River Energy yielded positive financial returns in 2012. In addition to boosting the company’s bottom line, Great River Energy closed the year by returning millions to its member cooperatives. Great River Energy’s 2012 revenues totaled more than $921 million and 2012 margins exceeded $45 million, outpacing its budgeted [...]

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