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During a Storm

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Posted on Apr 13, 2012 in Features

A tornado is a violently rotating column of air descending from a thunderstorm and in contact with the ground. Though tornadoes are usually brief, lasting only a few minutes, they can sometimes last for more than an hour and travel miles, causing considerable damage and death. The peak of the tornado season is April through… Continue reading.

The Open Arms of Recovery

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Posted on Apr 13, 2012 in Features

A week to almost the very hour tornadoes tore from the sky to destroy towns, homes, farms and families across five southeastern Indiana counties last month, cooperative line crews strung and secured the last strands of new power line needed to bring electricity — and, more importantly, a little bit of normalcy and relief —… Continue reading.

Power dives

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Posted on Mar 28, 2012 in Features

Home energy audits are an effective way to curb energy use. They bring to light little and large things homeowners can do — like caulk an unnoticed crack or replace an old appliance — to save money. But what can you do if you’re a commercial or industrial consumer whose electric bill is 100 or… Continue reading.

A Place in the Sun

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Posted on Mar 12, 2012 in Energy, Features

Five months ago, this “Indiana Home” in Lafayette was gleaming — but not in the moonlight upon the nearby Wabash. Rather, the cute clapboard bungalow new to Shenandoah Drive basked in the sunlight upon the Potomac — amid memorials and monuments in the nation’s capital — and in the glow of national praise. Dubbed “INhome” for… Continue reading.

Game of the Names

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Posted on Feb 12, 2012 in Features

Looking for a party game to kick off your football get-together? Download this PDF to see how many of the 32 pro teams you can identify from these playful clues. Answers are on the second page of the PDF. Print or photocopy as many as you need and good luck!

SuperBound

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Posted on Feb 12, 2012 in Features

By the time Super Bowl XLVI kicks off in Indianapolis Feb. 5, 150,000 visitors are expected to have flocked in for the game and the 10 days of events preceding it. Some 8,000 Hoosier volunteers in handmade blue and white scarves will have provided them assistance and hospitality.But since last summer, a core group of… Continue reading.

Artist’s Night Out

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Posted on Nov 18, 2011 in Features, For Youth

Cameras flashed and young faces beamed as the winning student artists in the 2012 Cooperative Calendar of Student Art were honored both collectively and individually by Hoosier Salon, state’s premier arts organization, at a special reception Sept. 29 at the Governor’s Residence in Indianapolis. Thirteen of the 22 students whose works appear in the calendar… Continue reading.

Across the Waters

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Posted on Oct 13, 2011 in Features

How do you build a better world? By changing one life, one farm, one village  at a time. Driven by this premise, the nation’s consumer-owned electric cooperatives brought power and light to millions of rural residents across the United States 75 years ago, forever altering the economic fortunes of rural America. During the Kennedy administration,… Continue reading.

When the Russians Were Coming!

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Posted on Jul 12, 2011 in Features

Introduction Revisiting our back pages brings Cold War chills and thrills Twenty years ago this December, the Soviet Union went kaputski. It seems hard to believe it’s been that long since the “evil empire,” whose leaders once boasted they’d bury the West, was shoveled out onto the ash heap of history. An entire generation of… Continue reading.

Crimping Crime

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Posted on Apr 25, 2011 in Features

In the wee-hour darkness one February morning, a 31-year-old man made his way to the roof of an industrial complex in downtown Indianapolis. He headed to a bank of electrical transformers. Police said he was looking to steal copper wire he could then cash in at a scrap yard. His partner down on the street… Continue reading.

Barnstormer

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Posted on Feb 28, 2011 in Features

The winter sunrise had just begun turning the tree tops along the ridge to the west into a vein of gold against the pale blue sky. But shadows still veiled the snow-covered land down in the hollow where the road crossed over Coal Creek. There, Marsha Williamson Mohr pulled her white Subaru off to the… Continue reading.

Prices Under Pressure

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Posted on Jan 12, 2011 in Features

Clamps and vices are made for holding things stable. But you don’t have to be a master carpenter to know that when too much pressure is applied while using them, the object between the grips can crack, crimp or warp. The result is the opposite effect: the object becomes destabilized and damaged. Electric utilities are… Continue reading.

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