Lakefield Standard: Reimer works to keep lights on for local farmers

EXCERPT: “Jackson-based Federated Rural Electric is one of many rural electric cooperatives working to keep the lights on for farmers and rural residents of southwest Minnesota.
Scott Reimer, Federated’s general manager, knows the industry well and understands how essential it is for farmers. Born in Huron, S.D., Reimer started in the industry 43 years ago, doing an electrical apprenticeship and working with numerous contractors and companies, before deciding to return to the co-op scene. ‘I was interested in getting back to the co-op world,’ Reimer said. ‘I started here in 2015.’ Reimer compares his work with co-op members to that of a doctor: Diagnosing problems, addressing issues, finding solutions and making sure the systems — and the farmers who rely on them — stay connected. ‘Doctors and lawyers call their businesses practices, and I would call this a practice,’ Reimer said. ‘You’re practicing every day and learning every day.'” FULL STORY: