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The 2016 October Co-op Month theme is “Cooperatives Build,” developed by a national Co-op Month planning committee led by Cooperative Network through the Cooperative Communicators Association. Promotional materials, facts, and figures are available at www.coopmonth.coop.

Cooperative Network has launched www.ourcooperativestory.coop in celebration of national Co-op Month and the many ways "Cooperatives Build." Each day, the blog features a new video or photo story from a cooperative in Minnesota or Wisconsin. Sign up online to receive posts by email or watch for them on social media. Many...

| By Charlene Vrieze, Minnesota Cooperative Education Foundation

The Minnesota Cooperative Education Foundation (MCEF), the nonprofit arm of Cooperative Network, has awarded the 2016 Edward Slettom Cooperative Leadership Scholarship to five Minnesota students interested in pursuing careers in cooperatives. The awards range from $500 to $1,000. “It was nearly a record year for applicants,” said Tom Liebe, MCEF...

Wisconsin's Federated Youth Foundation sponsored The Cooperative Experience, Aug. 22–23, for 11 high school and university students representing Cooperative Network's Co-ops Yes! youth board, the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association youth board, and Wisconsin FFA state officer team.  The group of young leaders experienced the cooperative business principles in action, diversity of...

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