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Bonnie Abel
Customer & Energy Services Manager
Ph: (218) 773-1163

Scott Gravseth
Distribution Superintendent
Ph: (218) 773-0515

Randy Rapacz
Water Plant Superintendent
Ph: (218) 773-1511

600 DeMers Ave.
P.O. Box 322
East Grand Forks, MN  56721

Ph: (218) 773-1163
Fx: (218) 773-6127

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The East Grand Forks Water and Light is a municipal utility serving the residents of East Grand Forks with electricity and water since 1909. With a staff of 25 hard-working men and women, we are committed to supplying safe, reliable utilities to our residents.

  • Distributing electricity that is purchased from Western Area Power Administration and Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
  • Distributing the water to the residents and businesses 
  • Maintaining a professional and friendly relationship with our customers
  • Maintaining all water and electric distribution lines 
  • Producing potable water from the Red Lake River 
  • Reading meters and billing out electric and water usage

Dan Boyce
General Manager
Ph:(218) 773-1163


The MMUA Tom Bovitz Memorial Scholarship Award winners were selected May 7th and East Grand Forks student, Phillip Vetter, placed 3rd receiving a $1000.00 scholarship.

The contest was created as a public relations tool to increase the awareness of public power and create goodwill in the community for the local municipally-owned utility. Essay theme was “Municipal Utilities: Good for All of Us.”
The essays were initially submitted to the governing body of the local utility. Winners of the local contests were then entered into the statewide contest. Judges included four MMUA member utility representatives and one MMUA staff member. Judges ranked their top four essays, point values were assigned and winners selected.
The award is named in honor of the late Tom Bovitz, a firm believer in the value of education, who was a former general manager of the Hibbing Public Utility and MMUA president. MMUA, headquartered in Plymouth, represents the interests of the state’s 125 municipally-owned electric and 32 municipally-owned gas utilities.
MMUA thanks all its members who forwarded contest materials to their local schools and all contest entrants.

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Dan Boyce and Phillip Vetter


The Water and Light Department electric crew earned the American Public Power Association's Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2013.  The utility earned and Honorable Mention in Group B award in the category for utilities with 26,899 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.

Marlin Bales, chair of the APPA Safety Committee said "In our line of work, safety is the top priority.  Without safety, we can't serve our customers to the best of our abilities.  This award recognizes utilities that have their priorities straight."

More than 285 utilities entered the annual Safety Awards, which is the highest number of entrants in the history of the program.  Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker hours and ranked based on the most incident-free records during 2013.  The incidence rate, used to judge entries is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2013, as defined by OSHA.

"We at the Water and Light Department are proud of the service we provide to our customers." said Dan Boyce, General Manager of the Water and Light Dept.  "But above all else, we are proud of our safety record - proud that we do everything we can to send our people home to their families each and every night."

Congratulations on a job well done!

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Water and Light Electric Crew (L-R) Lance Riel, Scott Gravseth, Seth Brown, Mike Coauette, Todd Grabanski, Jamey David, Dave Solarski, Jeff Olson

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