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Hart named to
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arry Hart,
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named to the Missouri Institute of
Cooperatives Hall
of Fame during its
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Barry Hart
CEO Frank Stork in
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of electric cooperative members on the local,
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for the cooperative business model is second
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electric cooperatives and gained appreciation
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more education under the tutelage of Frank
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at the state and national levels.
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the local cooperative in economic development.
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grassroots program that stretches across rural
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Community leadership
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annual meeting held March 10-13.
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home but on the national stage.
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our focus on community that gives us a different,
more credible voice, than anyone else in Washington," said Matheson.
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CEO of Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, Ken Johnson,
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digital divide," said NRECA President Phil Carson.
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grounded in the cooperative principle of concern for
community through services to consumer-members
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continuing education, community development,
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