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Co-Ops in North Dakota

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It's a big month for member owned businesses.
Reporter Sarah Gustin has more on the success of co-ops in North Dakota.

Whether you're turning on the lights or filling gas, local cooperatives play a major role in your daily activities.
(Cy Fix / Bismarck/Mandan Cenex) "That's what is unique about the co-op system, any money being made goes back to the customer that does business with us. It doesn't cost them anything to belong. It's like using a credit card, you get money back on your credit card here you get money back on everything that you purchase from us." 
North Dakota is the home to more than 330 co-ops generating more than 22.6 billion dollars in North Dakota's economy.
Cy Fix is the General Manager of Bismarck/Mandan Cenex.
A cooperative with roughly 5,000 patrons.
(Cy Fix / Bismarck/Mandan Cenex) "ONE THING THAT SETS US APART FROM OTHER CONVIENCE STORES AND OTHER COMPANIES IS ANY PROFIT WE MAKE, AFTER ALL OUR EXPENSES WE PAY IT BACK TO OUR CUSTOMERS. WE ALSO GET PATRONAGE BACK FROM CHS OR CENEX WHERE WE BUY OUR PRODUCT, THEN WE PASS THAT ALONG TO OUR CUSTOMERS ALSO."
Rural electric co-op's serve about a third of the state's population.
(Dennis Hill/ ND Association of Rural Electric Co-Ops) "Mor-Gran-Sou, Capitol, KEM Electric, Roughrider and McLean Electric. They provide a bill to the member owner and that's paid and off we go. Those co-ops in turn belong to other cooperatives that supply transmission services."
The footprint of one of the most well known cooperatives in the area extends well beyond our state's borders.
(Dennis Hill/ ND Association of Rural Electric Co-Ops) "Basin actually sells electricity to more than 100 distribution cooperatives in nine different states. So North Dakota is a major part of that footprint."

Central Harvest States, better known as CHS is the largest co-op in the country.

 

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