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Do you risk losing out on family connections, learning, running your business and shopping and entertainment opportunities because you don't have reliable electricity or broadband services? Live life to its fullest with safe, reliable and affordable electricity and fiber-fast internet, TV and phone services. You matter! We serve homes, farms, churches, schools and small and large commercial businesses to make people's lives better. Thank you for your interest in the cooperative's actions to make people's lives better. The Newsroom will keep you informed.

On Behalf of Team SEMO - Thank you! 

CEO Sean

CEO/GM Sean Vanslyke

Smartphone: (573) 703-7694

Member Spotlight | Classic Cuts in Bloomfield

Classic Cuts is a hair salon located in Bloomfield, Mo. They offer haircuts and styling for the whole family. For an appointment, call (573) 568-3779.

The Friday Feature w/ Sean: Help

👉 Help. Why didn’t they ask for help? What could I have done? The boy asked the horse “What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever said?” The horse said “Help.” (Book: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy). Welcome to Week 73 of #TheFridayFeature. Let’s ask for help because #supportmatters. Let’s help each other by #leadingwiththeheart so we can #keeppushingforward!

Avoid serious injury or death and expensive damage to property and utility lines. Always call or click before you dig. It’s easy. It’s free. And, it’s the law. Call Missouri One Call at 1-800-DIG-RITE or 811. Or, go online to By notifying Missouri One Call, you will be able to place a locate request to notifying the utilities of when and where you plan to dig.

#wattshappeningwednesday #semoelectric #GoSEMO

Member Spotlight | Chubby Stubby's BBQ in Kewanee

If you travel south on Highway 61 to the Kewanee junction, you'll find Chubby Stubby's BBQ. At this walk up food truck, you will discover anything from pulled pork, ribs and smoked meatloaf along with many other food options. They are open Tuesdays and Thursdays for lunch and dinner, but also offer catering. If you have any questions, give them a call at (573) 521-8202.

The Friday Feature w/ Sean: Kindness

👉 Kindness. “So, remember, when you seek to lift others you cannot help but to lift yourself.” Inspire Kindness Welcome to Week 72 of The Friday Feature. Thank you Bobby for the book!

New Bloomfield Drive-Thru Open

SEMO Electric Cooperative’s new drive-thru and walk-in office are now open for members in Bloomfield. Plus, there is a new 24-hour drop box. The walk-in office is on the south end of the building.

Sean's Viewpoint

by Sean Vanslyke –

During the next few months, SEMO Electric Cooperative will be sponsoring a survey that is conducted every three years to measure the quality of service provided to you, our member-owner. This survey will ask several questions about your satisfaction with the cooperative and energy usage.

In this random survey of members, a mixture of online and telephone interviews will be conducted. You may be sent an email invitation to participate in the survey OR you may be sent a postcard in the mail inviting you to participate. Members may also be randomly selected to complete a telephone interview. It should take approximately 12 minutes to answer all questions on the phone. The call center conducting the survey will identify themselves as calling on behalf of the cooperative. They will be conducting calls Monday-Friday from 5 - 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No Sunday or holiday calling will be conducted. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Thank you

Your feedback is valuable as most of us use electricity, either directly or indirectly, at almost all times. Because electricity is so abundant and available with the simple flip of a switch, it’s easy to take it for granted.

According to the Energy Information Agency (EIA), the typical U.S. household now uses more air conditioning, appliances and consumer electronics than ever before. The average home also contains 10 or more internet-connected devices.

Considering everything that is powered by electricity, it’s no wonder we occasionally might wince at our monthly bill. But keep in mind, it’s no longer just the “light bill.” Today, there is more demand for electricity than ever before. At home, in schools and business, and in commercial sectors such as transportation, the need for electricity is increasing.


Did you know over the last five years, the cost of rent increased 3.4%; medical care increased 2.8%; and education increased 2.2%? But the cost of electricity only increased 1%. Considering all the ways we depend on electricity; it still remains a great value. We may have to raise rates in the future, but our residential price per kWh has remained the same since January 2013.

So, the next time you’re enjoying your favorite podcast, TV series or movie, consider the value of electricity and how it enhances your quality of life. Also, think about how GoSEMO Fiber has made your life better.

We care about you, the members we serve, and understand that electricity and, now, broadband are more than commodities – they are necessities. That’s why Team SEMO (the people behind SEMO Electric and GoSEMO Fiber) will continue working hard to make your life better. I hope you feel appreciated. We appreciate you.

Book of the Month: “You can find me chasing a boring marriage, and a boring family, a boring work life, and a boring schedule and loving it. Because the thing most of us are chasing in all that insane lifehacking culture – a life of meaning and depth and richness – might be found in the boring instead.” To Hell with the Hustle by Jefferson Bethke

Keep pushing forward! Be smart. Act safe.


Vanslyke is general manager and chief executive officer of SEMO Electric Cooperative. 

Member Spotlight | The Front Porch in East Prairie

Owned and operated by member/owners Angie Jones and Amy Sutton, The Front Porch is a cute little home where you will find boutique items, home decor, clothing for the whole family and a coffee bar. If you have any questions, give them a call at (573) 360-0185.