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Youth Programs

Youth Excursion:

South Dakota Rural Electric Youth Excursion


Each summer rural electric cooperatives in South Dakota sponsor area students at the South Dakota Rural Electric Youth Excursion. This FREE four-day event takes place in Bismarck, ND. Participants will tour the Great Plains Synfuels Plant, Freedom Coal Mine, Antelope Valley Station power plant, and visit a wind farm. All area high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who have parents or guardians that are members of the rural electric cooperative are eligible to apply.

Contact Northern Electric Cooperative for more information and an application form. Participants of the Youth Excursion are also eligible to compete for the rural electric Youth Tour to Washington, DC.

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Youth Tour:

Any high school student in the Northern Electric service area who has previously gone on the Northern Electric Youth Excursion is eligible to apply for the Youth Tour trip to Washington DC.

Each entrant must submit an essay of AT LEAST 500 words on a topic selected annually. Essays must be typed and include a cover sheet which includes essay title, the entrant's name, parents' names, address, telephone number, school and year in school. Essays must be returned by the deadline to Northern Electric, PO Box 457, Bath, SD 57427. The entrants will be critically evaluated and, by early April, one entrant from the Northern Electric service area will be selected as the winner for the rural electric Youth Tour to Washington D.C. Contact Ben Dunsmoor at for more information. 




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