Each month, Lorain-Medina Rural Electric communicates with its members through the Ohio Cooperative Living (formerly Country Living) magazine. The magazine is Ohio's largest circulated monthly rural magazine. The master section of the magazine is produced by our statewide organization, Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, while the center pages are devoted exclusively to Lorain-Medina Rural Electric news and information. The center pages act as the cooperative's official newsletter and are a great source of news concerning Lorain-Medina Rural Electric. 

July 2022

  • 2021 Annual Report 
  • May 2022 board meeting highlights

June 2022

  • Key Co-op Topics with Ed: Lit Communities Launches a New Fiber Project in Medina County
  • April board meeting highlights
  • Maintenance: Who's responsible?
  • 2022 Board Trustee Elections
  • Member appreciation day at cedar point
  • Power restoration: lessons learned from line crews

May 2022

  • Key Co-op Topics with Ed: Transparency and Board Meeting Updates
  • Feb. board meeting highlights 
  • March board meeting highlights 
  • 2022 Trustee election
  • Cooperative awards $12,000 in scholarships 
  • Member appreciation day at cedar point 
  • Solar production in LMRE territory 
  • Medical certification available 
  • Summer time-of-day rate 

April 2022

  • Key Co-op Topics with Ed: The Power Behind Your Power
  • 2021 Annual Outage Report
  • Member Appreciation Day at Cedar Point 

March 2022

  • Key Co-op Topics with Ed: Co-op Democracy is More than a Simple Vote
  • Member Appreciation Day at Cedar Point 
  • Cooperation Across State Lines: LMRE assists Virginia Co-op
  • LMRE People Fund welcomes new board members
  • Trustee nomination petitions are available for districts 3, 6, and 9

February 2022

  • Key Co-op Topics with Ed: Facing Material Costs and Shortages Head On
  • Trustee nomination petitions now available  
  • Right-Of-Way Maintenance 
  • LMRE, CoBank award $5,400 to Black River Schools 
  • Geared for Safety
  • Beekeeping classes begin in March

January 2022

  • Key co-op topics with Ed: 2021: A year in review
  • Outage text alerts through Smarthub
  • Basic service charge and kWh rate adjustment 
  • Energy advisor interview: Andrew Finton
  • Co-op Owners for Political Action 

December 2021

  • Key co-op topics with Ed: Future Focused 
  • People Fund 2021 recap 
  • Understanding your bill and charges
  • 2021 Capital Credit refund
  • 2022 Scholarships 

November 2021

  • Key co-op topics with Ed: Supporting our community
  • Scam alerts and approved payment options
  • Statement of non-discrimination
  • Happy Thanksgiving 

October 2021

  • Key co-op topics with Ed: It's a matter of Lorain-Medina's principles 
  • Between the Lines newsletter contest 
  • Maintaining affordable electricity
  • Local fall events 

September 2021

  • Key co-op topics with Ed: Stay "connected" with us!
  • Lorain-Medina 85th Annual Meeting 
  • Member satisfaction 
  • H&S Custom Design 
  • Winter time-of-day schedule

August 2021

  • Key co-op topics with Ed: How does an EV hold up in rural America?
  • Lorain County Beekeepers Association hosting end of the summer classic
  • Electric vehicle charging levels 
  • Unclaimed capital credits 

July 2021

  • Key co-op topics with Ed: Balanced fuel mix is key
  • Trustee elections underway
  • Annual Report, Annual Meeting notice reminder

June 2021

  • Key co-op topics with Ed: Democracy is the co-op way
  • ACRE, Official Meeting notice
  • Meet the candidates up for election

May 2021

  • Key co-op topics with Ed: Member Appreciation Day
  • Scholarships
  • Voting and summer time of day rate

April 2021

  • Key co-op topics with Ed: Rural Broadband Update
  • Annual outage summary
  • Where does my power come from, myths about smart meters

March 2021

  • Key co-op topics with Ed: Democratic Member Control
  • Have you heard about the green button?
  • LMRE People Fund

February 2021

  • Key co-op topics with Ed: Committed to a co-op culture for all
  • Trustee nominations available
  • Fall coloring contest winners

January 2021

  • Key co-op topics with Ed: A year in review
  • Rate adjustments effective Jan.1
  • The co-op community

December 2020

  • Key topics with Ed: Supporting our youth
  • Granting success: LMRE partners with CoBank to give back in 2020
  • Three steps to an efficient attic

November 2020

  • Key topics with Ed: Giving back to our community
  • People Fund grants funding to restore one-room schoolhouse
  • Unclaimed capital credits 

October 2020

  • Key topics with Ed: Live local. Work local. Embrace local.
  • NEW, Between The Lines
  • Fall coloring contest

September 2020

  • Key topics with Ed: Make your voice heard
  • High attendance during pandemic for virtual annual meeting of members
  • Who Powers You?

August 2020

  • Key topics with Ed: We hear you. Fiber broadband update
  • SmartHub smart management
  • Electric Water Heater Rebates

July 2020

  • Key topics with Ed
  • Official notice of virtual meeting
  • Have you used your Co-op Connection card lately?

June 2020

  • Key topics with Ed
  • LMRE annual to be held virtually
  • Family Fun Day update

May 2020

  • Key topics with Ed
  • LMRE trustee race uncontested
  • Co-op awards $10,500 in scholarships

April 2020

  • Key topics with Ed
  • 2019 annual outage report
  • Heroes in hard hats

March 2020

  • Key topics with Ed
  • Join LMRE at Cedar Point
  • Stay in the know

February 2020

  • Key co-op topics with Ed
  • Trustee nominations petitions available
  • LMRE People Fund makes big impact in local communities

January 2020

  • Key topics with Ed
  • Electric cooperatives part of the solution for rural broadband access in Ohio
  • Northern Ohio electric co-ops host legislative open house

December 2019

  • Key co-op topics with Ed
  • Avoiding rate shock
  • As a member of your electric cooperative, you get the credit

November 2019

  • The story of our new logo
  • Graphite Sales receives over $7,000 in rebates for lighting upgrades
  • LMRE launches online outage map

October 2019

  • Communications from the front line, key topics with Ed
  • LMRE hosts annual Co-op Owners for Political Action luncheon
  • VanHoose speaks about empowering youth during summer conference

September 2019

  • Cooperative celebrates 83rd annual meeting
  • First responders present plaque in appreciation for lifesaving equipment
  • History hits the road during annual tour

August 2019

  • Greetings From Ed
  • Youth ambassadors tour Washington, D.C.
  • How is electricity generated? Sign up for the Cardinal Power Plant tour

July 2019

  • Join the cooperative for family fun
  • Don't forget to vote!
  • Taking the cooperative message to capital hill
  • Save the date

June 2019

  • Let the voting begin
  • Grasz joins the LMRE team
  • Cooperative youth head to D.C.

 May 2019

  • Trustees run unopposed for 2019 board seat
  • Meet the scholarship winners
  • Construction and maintenance
  • Do you know someone on the list?

April 2019

  • Honoring a leader
  • The Commitment of an Electric Lineworker
  • Jungle Bob returning for more creepy, crawly, animal fun
  • What's on that utility pole?

March 2019

  • Looking back at 2018
  • People Fund starts off the year with full community grants
  • Bear Claw Cheesecake Co. hits the sweet spot in Huntington Twp.

February 2019

  • How to become a trustee
  • Youth Tour 2019
  • LMRE refunds nearly $20,000 to local schools

January 2019

  • LMRE board appoints district 6 trustee
  • Rate adjustments effective Jan. 1
  • LMRE purchases new, more efficient digger truck

December 2018

  • Cooperative names new general manager
  • Rate adjustments effective Jan. 1
  • Lorain-Medina Rural Electric reaches a milestone in refunds
  • Holiday Lights Drive Thru is a hit at Medina County Fairgrounds

November 2018

  • First responders receive People Fund aid
  • Florence no match for cooperative spirit
  • Cloverleaf Be E3 Smart 7th graders tour Cardinal Power Plant

October 2018

  • The results are in, Lorain-Medina scored favorably by members
  • The Seven Cooperative Principles
  • A-MAZE-ing family fall fun

September 2018

  • Buckeye Power CEO Pat O’Loughlin touts benefits of cooperatives
  • Celebrating 82 years
  • Local historical road show tour takes visitors on a journey from the past

August 2018

  • LEDs are shining bright in Spencer
  • Youth ambassadors tour Washington, D.C.
  • Safety is key to summer fun
  • Trustees, employees tour Allied Waste

July 2018

  • Join the Cooperative for Family Fun
  • Chatham to celebrate bicentennial
  • People fund steps up to bat

June 2018

  • National search for President to start
  • Let the voting begin
  • Rural America common sense

May 2018

  • 2018 Trustee elections begin June 13
  • The power of change
  • Meet the scholarship winners
  • Construction and maintenance

April 2018

  • Project Ohio
  • Appreciating the front line
  • Brighter times ahead

March 2018

  • November wind storm impacts 2017 outage statistics
  • People Fund clear on the call
  • Community-supported agriculture takes root

February 2018

  • Trustee nominating petitions available Feb. 12 
  • People Fund trustees appointed
  • Employees and trustees honored at recognition dinner

January 2018

  • Dispelling time-of-day rate misconceptions
  • Interested in a life-changing leadership experience in Washington, D.C.?
  • Rate adjustments effective Jan. 1

December 2017

  • Rate adjustment effective Jan. 1
  • No name storm causes 3,000 outages
  • Capital credits on Dec. bill
  • Midview Schools, LMRE converts parking lot lights to LEDs

November 2017

  • Hurricane Irma no match for the cooperative spirit
  • Where does my electricity come from?
  • Community Solar, officially  unveiled

October 2017

  • The Co-op Connections card puts value in your pocket
  • Board officers elected

September 2017

  • 2016 outage record touted at annual meetin
  • Former employee remembered
  • Solar subscriptions selling

August 2017

  • Community Solar shines bright
  • LMRE sends two students to  Washington, D.C., for Youth Tour
  • LMRE to host tour of power plant Sept. 13

July 2017

  • Co-op to introduce OurSolar on July 18
  • Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Board of Trustees election
  • 81st Annual Meeting & Family Fun Day

June 2017

  • 2017 trustee elections open June 14
  • 2017 Election Schedule
  • Senate president Obhof address co-op owners

May 2017

  • Construction and maintenance projects 
  • Meet the scholarship winners 

April 2017

  • People Fund grant helps save lives
  • Cooperative celebrates Lineman Appreciation Day
  • In the spotlight: Outlet shopping, a big draw for Burbank

March 2017

  • The power of maintenance
  • Meet the People Fund Board
  • Service with a "twist" in Spencer

February 2017

  • Cloverleaf Middle School science students view high-voltage safety demonstration
  • Trustee nominating petitions available Feb. 15
  • Retired board member to continue serving
  • Youth Tour: A life changing experience

January 2017

  • LMRE to add solar energy to its power mix
  • Interested in a life-changing leadership experience in Washington, D.C.?
  • Rate adjustments effective Jan. 1

December 2016

  • Rate adjustments effective Jan. 1
  • Capital credits refunds on December bill
  • HUG card: The perfect gift

November 2016

  • LMRE board members visit member-businesses on bi-annual system tour
  • LMRE members tour their power plant
  • Certification of active-duty deployment

October 2016

  • LMRE approves $18.4 million workplan
  • 2016 Wellington Balloon Festival
  • LMRE board elects officers
  • Member satisfaction scores continue to improve
  • In the spotlight; Lifelike 'reborns' deliver joy to many

September 2016

  • LMRE GM takes aim at Clean Power Plan
  • Fox wins contested seat; Norris, Indoe re-elected to LMRE board
  • Co-op president fights against voter apathy
  • LMRE to host member power plant tour Sept. 28
  • Bright new faces help members save energy 

August 2016

  • Clare-Mar Lake to host Balloon Fest on August 20
  • Black River Schools receive $12,825 commercial/industrial lighting rebate
  • LMRE to host member tour of power plant Sept. 28

July 2016

  • Co-op to celebrate 80 years at annual meeting 
  • 2016 Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees election
  • Ken Diedrick’s retirement end of era
  • Your bill gets a make-over 

June 2016

  • 2016 trustee elections open June 15
  • 2016 Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees election
  • Kasnyik earns 2nd scholarship
  • 2015 capital credits allocation notices distributed

May 2016

  • Construction and maintenance projects ensure system reliability
  • The Power League- engineering
  • 2016  Scholarship winners
  • 2016 Youth Tour Ambassadors

April 2016

  • National Lineman Appreciation Day, April 11
  • U.S. Supreme Court grants stay to Clean Power Plan
  • ​​​​​​​Cooperative seeks Adopt-A-Troop candidates

March 2016

  • Operations manager Kim Hinkle to retire
  • Spencer Feed is here to stay
  • Water heater installation, service to end April 1

February 2016

  • Water heater installation, service to end April 1
  • 2016 Youth Tour
  • Employees and Trustees honored
  • ​​​​​​​In The Spotlight: Home remodeling by Finish Line Construction

January 2016

  • Clean power plant: huge cost, little impact
  • Rate adjustments effective Jan. 1
  • The power of Operation RoundUp
  • ​​​​​​​In The Spotlight: Huntington’s Joyful BARKery focuses on pet nutrition

December 2015

  • Rate adjustments effective Jan. 1
  • Capital credits refunds on December bill
  • Capital credits show the cooperative difference
  • ​​​​​​​Findley State Park brings Nature Center back from the ashes

November 2015

  • Member satisfaction scores improve
  • ​​​​​​​In The Spotlight - All-in Outdoors

October 2015

  • Jordan says Clean Power Plan burdensome attack
  • Going up: Wellington Balloon Festival draws crowd
  • LMRE board re-elects officers
  • ​​​​​​​LMRE raises $1,000 for 4-H endowment

September 2015

  • Members lauded for fighting EPA regulations
  • Trustees elected in three districts
  • Treasurer reports 2014 was  strong year
  • ​​​​​​​Redesign brings fresh look to co-op website

August 2015

  • Sullivan’s Brenda Wolfe named to LMRE board
  • Clare-Mar Lakes to host Balloon Fest on Aug. 22
  • Safety is ‘key’ at LaGrange Safety Town
  • Lorain-Medina Rural Electric linemen complete annual training
  • ​​​​​​​LMRE sends 2 on Youth Tour

July 2015

  • Back by popular demand
  • Your 2015 Board of Trustees Election
  • 79th Annual Meeting & Family Day
  • Trustee helps take co-op message to Capitol Hill
  • People Fund aids Lorain County Sheriff Regional Bomb Squad
  • ​​​​​​​People Fund grant helps feed local seniors

June 2015

  • Incumbents unopposed in 2015 trustee election
  • Incumbents unopposed in 2015 trustee election
  • 79th Annual Meeting & Family Day
  • ​​​​​​​High visibility, great location for Shearer Equipment

May 2015

  • Incumbents to run unopposed in trustee election; Trustee Bowman resigns, board to appoint successor
  • Don't wait for the mail! Use SmartHub or automated phone system to check balances, pay bill
  • Scholarship 2015 winners announced
  • ​​​​​​​Washington D.C. Youth Tour winners announced

April 2015

  • National Lineman Appreciation Day April 13
  • Robotics grant from People Fund helps Black River stabilize science program
  • ​​​​​​​Timing is Everything: Cost condition, reliability system growth key factors in replacing lines

March 2015

  • Aging gracefully; Study shows power lines still have plenty of life even at 30-40 years old
  • Capital credits list: LMRE may have money for someone you know
  • ​​​​​​​Spring clinging delivers safe, reliable power

February 2015

  • The maintenance map
  • Trustee petitions available Feb. 9
  • ​​​​​​​LMRE employees and trustees honored at annual recognition dinner

January 2015

  • People Fund has outstanding year, issues $82,000 grants during 2014
  • Rate adjustment effective Jan. 1
  • ​​​​​​​LMRE submits 4,246 letters to EPA

December 2014

  • Rate adjustment effective Jan. 1
  • Capital credits refunds surpass $20 million to members
  • ​​​​​​​Germany's expensive energy policies pose warning

November 2014

  • Co-op halts large-capacity water heater sales
  • LMRE needs your phone number
  • ​​​​​​​Help stop the EPA from shutting down our power plants

October 2014

  • Members give co-op strong marks on survey
  • Chatham Fire Department receives grant to replace outdated cardiac monitor
  • ​​​​​​​October is National Co-op Month

September 2014

  • General manger takes aim at EPA regulations; LMRE members learn more about regulatory issues at annual meeting
  • Family Fun Day draws new faces to annual meeting
  • ​​​​​​​Nova's Paul Bowman wins District 7; Rowland and Eaton return to board seats

August 2014

  • Tell EPA can't afford high electric rates
  • Protect investment in cooperative, Speaker Batchelder urges at ACRE breakfast
  • ​​​​​​​Take a tour of Cardinal Generating Station

July 2014

  • Common Ground's canopy tours to bring unique view of Vermilion River Valley
  • Board of Trustee candidate bios
  • ​​​​​​​LaGrange Police Department receives grant for upgrades to Safety Town equipment

June 2014

  • 2014 co-op board election open June 18
  • Over-regulation leads to higher electric bills
  • ​​​​​​​Barn quilts going up across Lorain County

May 2014

  • Two in Troy Twp. vie for Ashland County seat
  • Cooperative's construction, maintenance projects underway for 2014
  • ​​​​​​​Leadership Medina County Ag Day features farms in LMRE's service area

April 2014

  • A day in the life of a lineman
  • Herrick Memorial Library receives grant for summer reading program
  • ​​​​​​​Scholarship winners 2014

March 2014

  • Protect affordable, reliable electricity; Last call to tell EPA - use common sense in rule-making
  • Interested in becoming a trustee; Nominating petitions due March 9
  • ​​​​​​​Spring cleaning delivers safe, reliable power

February 2014

  • Nominating petitions available Feb. 10 for three seats on LMRE Board of Trustees
  • LMRE employees and trustees honored at annual recognition dinner
  • ​​​​​​​Board of Trustees appoints new member to the LMRE People Fund board

January 2014

  • Protecting affordable, reliable electricity; New resolve for the New Year
  • People Fund grant to Ruggles/Troy Fire Dept.
  • ​​​​​​​Has LMRE stopped growing?

December 2013

  • Been there, done that; Stringent EPA regulations for coal plants will test LMRE's ability to provide affordable, reliable power, general manager says
  • Phase 2 of Time of Day rate schedule begins Jan. 1
  • ​​​​​​​Capital credit refunds issued for 31st consecutive year

November 2013

  • Time for a call to ACTION! Protect affordable, reliable electricity
  • LMRE members, employees touring new & improved Cardinal Generating Station
  • ​​​​​​​Electricity may cost more, but remains good value

October 2013

  • LMRE earns safety achievement for eighth consecutive time
  • Member satisfaction level equals record high
  • ​​​​​​​New energy efficiency programs introduced for home and business owners

September 2013

  • GM Bryant pledges to fight Obama's "War on Coal"
  • Annual meeting updates
  • ​​​​​​​Eaton elected President of LMRE Board of Trustees

August 2013

  • Celia Kruggel retires from co-op board after 12 years
  • Rustic Lakes Campgrounds celebrating 40 years of family camping
  • ​​​​​​​Strong winds bring down lines in LaGrange and Penfield townships

July 2013

  • LMRE Annual Meeting July 23, 2013 - Lorain County Fairgrounds, Wellington, Ohio
  • Candidate profiles
  • ​​​​​​​Telemarketers calling co-op members to offer discounted rates break the rules.

June 2013

  • LMRE trustee elections open June 19; Co-op to conduct first system-wide mail, online election
  • Capital credit allocation notices distributed
  • ​​​​​​​77th Annual Meeting; Tuesday, July 23, 2013

May 2013

  • Cooperative's construction maintenance projects underway for 2013
  • Gibbs says strong economy needs sound energy policy
  • Bryant testifies before department of energy in opposition to proposed water heater regulations
  • ​​​​​​​Two Litchfield members file petitions for board; Ken Diedrick and Dick Indoe to run unopposed

April 2013

  • Cliff's Greenhouse and Garden Center in Ruggles Township offers everything for your gardening needs
  • Cooperative members give back through LMRE's Operation RoundUp program
  • ​​​​​​​Scholarship winners 2013

March 2013

  • Nature's Garden, a one stop candle shop in Penfield
  • Dividing Lines
  • ​​​​​​​Ways to pay your bill

February 2013

  • LMRE employees and trustees honored
  • Nominating petitions available February 11 for Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees
  • High utility bills may be your own cotton-pickin' fault

January 2013

  • Johnny K's Powersports brings second store location to Harrisville Twp.
  • Rate adjustment effective January 1
  • ​​​​​​​People Fund grant assists Black River's Family & Consumer Science class