North Dakota’s Youth Tour delegation visits the White House.

An outstanding adventure: Teens have a monumental time on Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

Alliana Freund was sitting in her junior history class when she got the news. She was going on the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.

“Someone from the co-op emailed me,” Freund recalls. “I let out a little scream, and then my classmates knew. I was very excited.”

In a few short months, Freund would embark on the trip of a lifetime, courtesy of her local electric cooperative, Northern Plains Electric Cooperative.

Spirit Lake Food Distribution Program Director Mary Greene Trottier (right) and Nutrition Educator Mattie Merrik (left) stand behind a portable cooking station. These stations are used to provide free cooking lessons to students and clients of the food distribution program. PHOTOS BY NDAREC/KRISTA RAUSCH

Recipe Roundup: September 2021

A new project on the Spirit Lake Reservation is connecting the Dakota people with their cultural heritage, while tackling the issue of food insecurity.

Construction of a new indoor gardening center is underway at the Spirit Lake Food Distribution building. Once completed, the gardening center will provide more than 1,000 tribal members with access to fresh, locally sourced food year-round, in addition to providing skilled jobs on the reservation.

A N.D. Department of Health employee pours dry ice into a shipper, which is used to transport COVID-19 vaccines. Photo courtesy N.D. Department of Health


“The majority of CO2 is used for water treatment or the restaurant and beverage industry. All of the fountain pop machines that you see at restaurants, gas stations, bars – they all use CO2 to give it the fizz. Water treatment plants use CO2 to help control the pH of the water,” says Chet Karsnia, AWG’s vice president of sales.

But, as COVID-19 ravaged the world, a new need emerged.