• 40 Years of Service  
    Lakes Country Service Cooperative is celebrating its 40th year of service in 2016. From humble beginnings and a handful of employees we’ve grown to over 100 employees providing direct support and service to our members in our original nine county region, and beyond.
    What’s our story? Most people know LCSC through a handful of programs. Maybe you, or your son or daughter attended Knowledge Bowl or Spelling Bee here. Maybe you’ve attended many professional development workshops or networking meetings here. Maybe your organization participates in the health insurance pools, or maybe you just saved precious resources by using LCSC bid contracts or staffing solutions. Fewer people know the breadth and depth of the services and partnerships that LCSC provides.
    Officially, our members are public and private schools, cities, counties, governmental organizations and nonprofits. In practice, our daily work is accomplished with the dedicated men and women who work in these organizations.
    The programs have changed and grown over the years, just as our members needs have changed (who remembers typewriter repair?!). For 40 years we have stayed true to our purpose, listening to our members and providing the services you need to thrive and flourish in your mission. Together we have built a thriving partnership that is more effective than any one of us working alone. Here’s to the next 40 years and beyond…
  • Throwback Thursday: Happy Holidays!

    Posted by Mary Egstad on 12/29/2016 10:40:00 AM

    Here’s a look back at the last 20 years of LCSC holiday cards. Thanks for celebrating our 40th anniversary with us all year long. Here’s to the next 40 years and beyond …

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  • Throwback Thursday: Finance

    Posted by Mary Egstad on 12/8/2016 8:30:00 AM

    The  payroll systems used by the LCSC Finance Department have changed over the years. 
    Paper paychecks have been replaced by direct deposit into bank accounts and manual time clocks
    have evolved to an electronic timekeeping system.

    Throwback Thursday   


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  • Throwback Thursday: Technology

    Posted by Mary Egstad on 10/27/2016 4:00:00 PM

    The look of our meeting rooms at Lakes Country Service Cooperative has changed over the years to reflect updated technology.

    Training in the Classroom

    Above Ken Bosak training in the classroom, prior to the remodel.


    Training in the Eagle Room

    A training in the Eagle Room, now called the Conference Center, before the 2012 remodel.


    August 2016 training in the Conference Center

    An August 2016 training in the Conference Center.­­


    Facilities and grounds training in the Classroom

    A recent facilities & grounds informational training in the Classroom.

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  • Throwback Thursday: Y.E.S. Program

    Posted by Mary Egstad on 10/6/2016 11:15:00 AM

    Lakes Country Service Cooperative started work with Youth Educational Services in 1988. This fall, Y.E.S. relocated to Bridges Hall on the MSUM campus in Moorhead. Here’s an interview Jeremy Kovash, LCSC Executive Director, did for WDAY: http://bit.ly/2dx5uTu.

    Y.E.S. Orientation Day 2016

    2016 Orientation Day


    Y.E.S. Previous Location

    The previous Y.E.S. location


    Y.E.S. Bob Wiltsey

    Bob Wiltsey, one of the founding staff members

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  • Throwback Thursday: Fresh Connect Food Hub

    Posted by Mary Egstad on 9/8/2016 9:25:00 AM

    Fresh Connect Food Hub Picture Collage

    In January 2014, with the aid of two grants from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, planning began for the Fresh Connect food hub. Our Fresh Connect food hub purchases fresh whole produce from area growers and delivers it to agencies throughout the region. In its pilot year, 34,173 pounds of food was delivered to 14 agencies. This season we expect to deliver 150,000 pounds to 27 agencies. Increasing access to healthy, nutrient dense produce contributes to the health of the communities in our region.

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  • Flashback Friday: Board of Directors

    Posted by Mary Egstad on 7/29/2016 2:00:00 PM

    LCSC Board of Directors

    Since 1976, sixty five elected officials have served on the governing board of Lakes Country Service Cooperative.
    Lakes Country Service Cooperative is currently governed by a 13 member board of directors. There are eight directors who serve as board members of schools in Region IV and three directors who serve as board members of the City, County and Other Governmental Agencies. Two board members are superintendents who serve in an ex officio status.

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  • Throwback Thursday: Administration

    Posted by Mary Egstad on 6/30/2016 11:00:00 AM

    In the 1976 legislation that created the ECSU’s (Educational Cooperative Service Units) services were offered to schools only. In 1992 the legislature expanded membership to cities, counties, other government agencies and nonprofits and in 1995 the legislature passed a bill to change the name of the ECSU’s to Service Cooperatives. The new name better reflected the addition of government and nonprofit members. Our name was then changed to Lakes Country Service Cooperative.

    The service area for Lakes Country Service Cooperative includes the counties of Clay, Becker, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin in west central MN. Currently we are serving all 9 counties, 37 cities, and 54 other government and nonprofit entities as members.

    Networking Meeting at Lakes Country Service Cooperative

    On Friday, June 10, City Administrators/Managers/Clerks met for a quarterly networking lunch at Lakes Country Service Cooperative … one of the member services offered to cities. 

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  • Flashback Friday: Finance

    Posted by Mary Egstad on 5/27/2016 1:00:00 PM

    The Finance department at LCSC has expanded from being only an internal department to providing business management services to school and payroll services to a number of member organizations.


    Lakes Country Service Cooperative staff photo from 1993:

    Lakes Country Service Cooperative Staff Photo 1993

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  • Throwback Thursday: Administrative Services

    Posted by Mary Egstad on 4/28/2016 1:00:00 PM

    Our Administrative Services Department has expanded from Cooperative Purchasing and Health and Safety to include Dietician Services, Fresh Connect Food Hub, and Building Official Services.

    From the November 1990 ECSU Review:

    Savings Mount In ECSU Co-op Buying Programs

    From the September 1992 ECSU Review:

    Cooks get a taste of new food service program

    From the September 1994 ECSU Review:

    No more headaches!


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  • Throwback Thursday: Technology

    Posted by Mary Egstad on 3/31/2016 12:00:00 PM

    What will we be repairing in 40 years?

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