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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

Storms, Downed Trees Cause Outages

Storms rocked the cooperative's service area late Monday evening creating thousands of power outages. Crews have worked through the night and will continue restoring power throughout the day. SEMO Electric hired contractors Pike Electric and Townsend Tree Service to replace several broken poles and remove many downed trees. Thank you for your patience as we clean up Mother Nature's mess. Please stay away from downed power lines. For updates, please follow our Facebook page. 

1st Choice Builders LLC., located north of Bloomfield, Mo., specializes in quality-built post-frame buildings, farm shops, garages, or any other shop/ag building you may have in mind. To learn more, give Ethan a call at (573) 625-2208.

The Friday Feature w/ Sean: Gratitude & Incentive Spirometer

Hello. Welcome to Week 163 of The Friday Feature. It’s May 5, 2023. We may only see the bright side of people’s lives and assume their life is grand. We may not see the other side as individuals suffer with chronic pain, the loss of a loved one, financial issues, employment frustrations, and so on. Many people are dealing with something. However, they keep pushing forward. Some push forward by helping others, which is rewarding and makes us feel better.

During the last 24 hours, I have so much gratitude for the medical team that has cared for me as I was under anesthesia for more than four hours for surgery, plus pre and post-op attention. I have met some incredible people as I try to smile through the pain and be a patient patient. I realize they are juggling other patients (some with issues much more desperate than mine) and things at home. It has been a good reminder that people with empathy understand how to turn the focus from them to you.

Three additional items: 🙏 First, prayers to our friends who were impacted by the dust storm wreck on I-55 in Illinois. We used to live in the area. 👍 Second, thanks to our friends and #teamsemo for your support. 😃 Third, we all need our own Incentive Spirometer to help remind us to take slow and deep breaths each day as we keep pushing forward.

Make the most each day. See you next Friday.

If you have a loved one in need of rehabilitation, make sure you check out Aspire Senior Living, located in Advance, Mo. Listen as Shane, the administrator, shares information about the services offered. If you have questions, call (573) 722-3440 or visit

The Friday Feature w/ Sean: Be A Five Percenter

Join the five percent club! Welcome to Week 162 of #TheFridayFeature. Be intentional to accomplish your dreams. Thanks to Stephanie and Jim Neuenschwander for getting in the pool early today.

If you need new appliances and want to shop locally, make sure to visit Kelso Sales & Service, Inc., located in Kelso, Mo. They are a three-generation, family-owned business with a warehouse to meet all your appliance needs! If you have questions, call (573) 264-2156 or visit their website

The Friday Feature w/ Sean: Love More

👉 ❤️ The world needs more LOVE. Many years ago, my friend Roger taught me about the importance of brevity - keeping speeches short and to the point. Well, here is the shortest #TheFridayFeature ever. Welcome to Week 161. #leadership #management #leadershipdevelopment #employeeengagement #leaders #people #leadershipfirst #executivesandmanagement #inspiration #entrepeneurship #TheFridayFeature #leadership #leadershipculture #management #motivation #employeeengagement #culture #leadershipdevelopment #leadershipcoach #highperformance #workplaceculturematters #love

SEMO Electric Cooperative's board and staff were among the 66 members of rural electric leaders from Missouri's Electric Cooperatives who took part in NRECA's annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C. In total, more than 2,000 representatives from electric cooperatives across the nation visited Capitol Hill during the conference to urge Congress to prioritize reliability of the electric grid, protect programs within the 2023 Farm Bill that are utilized by co-ops and enact legislation creating a revolving fund for the Southwestern Power Administration. Missouri’s electric co-ops met with Sen. Eric Schmitt, Rep. Mark Alford, Rep. Eric Burlison, Rep. Sam Graves, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer and Rep. Jason Smith. Co-op leaders also spoke with key staff members of Sen. Josh Hawley, Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver and Rep. Ann Wagner. “Rural Missourians know the best needs of our communities, and it’s vitally important we share those needs with our elected officials,” said Caleb Jones, CEO of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Jefferson City. “Keeping electricity reliable and affordable for rural America is our mission, and carrying that message to Washington shows Congress that co-ops are dedicated to working for our members back home.”