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Dakota Energy members calling for special meeting over lawsuit

Dakota Energy Cooperative, based in Huron, is looking to leave Madison-based East River Electric.
Dakota Energy Cooperative, based in Huron, is looking to leave Madison-based East River Electric.(Dakota News Now)
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 2:35 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - On Wednesday, members of Huron-based Dakota Energy dropped off a set of signed petitions calling for the cooperative to hold a special meeting with its members.

As we first told you in November, Dakota Energy filed a lawsuit in an attempt to leave Madison-based East River Electric. Hundreds of member-owners are hoping to use the meeting to stop the lawsuit and vote on the future of their power supply.

Dakota Energy will need to validate 10% of the petition signatures. The cooperative then has 30 days to schedule a special meeting and 14 days to notify members.

Dakota Energy serves customers primarily in Beadle, Hand, and Hyde Counties.

In a statement to Dakota News Now, Dakota Energy Cooperative CEO Chad Felderman said:

“The member-elected Dakota Energy Board is committed to doing what’s best for our member-owners and the more people have a chance to understand the truth, the more support we receive.”

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