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Rural Dakota Development

Recognizing the lack of housing opportunities in the service area, FEM Electric and two other rural co-ops partnered to develop a residential subdivision near Ipswich.

FEM, along with Valley Telco and North Central Farmers Elevator, formed Rural Dakota Development. The group then acquired land in FEM's service area suitable for rural housing. During 2005 the project really began to take shape. The dirt moving and forming of roads was completed. Final grading, utilities, and the road surface gravel was put in place during the middle of 2005. There has been quite a bit of interest in the project. Five lots have already been sold and construction is to begin on two home in 2008. Percolation test for individual residential onsite wastewater treatment system was completed in May of 2008 and results are available at Beck Reality. In the near future it will be a vigorous housing community, with additional electric load for FEM, and an increased tax base of Edmunds County.

The above projects were agreed upon only after months of careful analysis by board and staff. Everything FEM does must be measured against basic cooperative beliefs, exemplified by the Touchstone Energy Cooperative Core Values: Innovation, Accountability, Integrity, and Commitment to Community.

For more information: Contact Vaughn Beck, Realtor 605-426-6319

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