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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

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From repairs to custom jewelry builds, King's Jewelry and Repair can meet all your jewelry needs. Jeff King, the owner, has been in the jewelry business for 28 years. If you have a special occasion approaching, you'll want to visit King's Jewelry.

The Friday Feature w/ Sean: A Life Jacket of Trust

Trust. Imagine we trusted each other without worrying about hidden agendas. Imagine when someone teaches you something it is for the right reason. Imagine when someone throws you a life jacket, it is really to help you. Trust. It is a big deal. Hard to earn. Easy to lose. I have been there. #keeppushingforward Week 123 of The Friday Feature

From pour-over coffee to amazing frappucinos, Parengo Coffee needs to be on your list of places to visit. Stop by downtown Sikeston to let Annie and the crew show you what the rave is all about.

The Friday Feature w/ Sean: Rebuild, restart or recycle.

👋 Looking for a new hobby? Tired of the old? Ready for a change? Do it. Be intentional and let other people know you are #refreshing#restarting or simply #recycling. Your friends and family will support you - if you tell them what and why. #keeppushingforward because when you #leadwithyourheart you make other people’s lives better! Week 122! See the other 121 Friday videos at

Under new ownership but with the same quality food and service! Cheers Bar and Grill, located in Sikeston, has reopened and is ready to serve you! Stop by to see Sammi and the crew.

Bell City Students Participate in CYCLE

Congratulations to Bell City R-II Schools' Madilyn Asher and Kamryn Stubenrauch who were SEMO Electric Cooperative’s 2022 CYCLE Winners. They just completed the MO Electric Co-ops' Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE) program in Jefferson City, Mo.

CYCLE, a three-day leadership conference held annually, brings together some of the best and brightest young leaders from across Missouri. The focus is to show students more about electric cooperatives, teach leadership skills and experience Missouri state government. The program includes nationally known speakers - such as Dan Meers aka KC Wolf - and a day at the state Capitol and tour of the old prison.

The group is also divided up into smaller teams that compete in various events like the “build a cooperative” game. More than anything these students have a great time and create friendships that last a lifetime.

If you will be a high school sophomore in 2022-2023, you may be eligible to participate in this all-expenses paid trip to our state capital. Check this fall for more information.


The Friday Feature w/ Sean: Embarrassing Coach Moment

Week 121 of #TheFridayFeature. Twenty-five years ago Amanda Gamboa decided she wanted to play #soccer. We weren’t familiar with soccer - the game and the rules. The league needed a coach. So, I started my soccer coaching career. I almost fired the coach after the first game! Did you know there are no timeouts in soccer? Within a few years, I had traveled to St. Louis and Indianapolis to become a certified Under 18 youth soccer coach. It wasn’t easy as the intense training required that I play soccer. I arrived home limping with bleeding legs. However, playing was the best way to learn the game and it gave me empathy for what I would ask our players to do. Thanks to Linda Meade for being my coaching partner for many years. We had a great run as Litchfield United Soccer Club. Great memories.

For 38 plus years, Gary Bula has played a big part in the potato-growing industry in Missouri and Wisconsin. The video below shows the potatoes being brought in from the field, sorted, and then loaded onto another truck where they'll become a delicious snack! We all enjoy potato chips! Potatoes today, potato chips tomorrow!