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With internet access concerns, Richland Electric Co-op holds drive-in meeting

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RICHLAND CENTER (WKOW) -- While many organizations are meeting online, the Richland Electric Cooperative held its annual meeting drive-in style on Saturday.

Members of the electric workers association arrived to the co-op's service center and stayed in their cars.

The president spoke from a bucket truck and was broadcast on a radio station.

They each turned on their headlights instead of standing for the national anthem. To make motions and vote, the members honked their horns.

"We had a registered count of almost what we'd have at a normal annual meeting. For all these people to show up and sit in their cars and listen to us, it's just amazing," said Shannon Clark, Richland Electric Cooperative General Manager and CEO.

Electric cooperatives are required by law to hold an annual meeting. Most do that in the spring to share information and choose board members.

Some are holding virtual annual meetings, but Richland decided against that, since some members don't have access to broadband internet.

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