In the middle of the Heartland Lakes near Itasca State Park sits Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association (IM), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives.
Each year the area welcomes people from all over the country visiting its pristine lakes and beautiful Northwoods to connect with nature, family and tradition.
A group of Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association employees gather for a photo at a recent annual meeting.
Although tourism is a main driver in the area, IM has many unique year-round members. A few of those members are local, family-owned businesses such as Double “B”ee Honey – an apiary that provides raw honey – and Carter’s Red Wagon Farm, which raises non-GMO produce using organic methods. In addition, IM serves Lamb Weston, a manufacturer of innovative frozen potato products that are sold to restaurants and retailers around the world.