Stearns Electric Association is sending two Minnesota millennials on a cross-country electric vehicle expedition to gain the hands-on experience we need to stand as the trusted source of energy information for our member-owners.

Traveling over 1,200 miles in rural America, Amanda Groethe and Whitney Ditlevson, Stearns Electric’s Communication Team, will be keeping an extensive driving log, collecting data for research, providing electric vehicle education and sharing their experiences along the way.

Road Trip; Recharged is one of the many stories that will be documented as part of Touchstone Energy’s Drive to CONNECT EVent.

Although electric cooperatives have been embracing this technology for years, EVs are growing in popularity. As more member-owners seek to purchase EVs, co-ops are committed to understanding the full spectrum of this technology. The Drive to Connect EVent is one way co-ops are joining together to celebrate, support and learn about this innovative energy solution.

Upon arrival in Salt Lake City for the annual CONNECT Conference, hosted by the National Rural Electric Association, Amanda and Whitney will join co-op employees from across the country to share their data and stories from the road.



Amanda Groethe

Learn more about Amanda here.


Whitney Ditlevson

Learn more about Whitney here.


Stearns Electric Association is a member-owned electric cooperative. Since 1937, Stearns Electric Association has provided electricity and related products and services to Central Minnesota.

Today, Stearns Electric Association serves over 26,000 members in six Central Minnesota counties including Stearns, Todd, Morrison, Kandiyohi, Pope and Douglas.