Who we are

CURE is a Minnesota-based rural, nonprofit organization made up of people who care about the well-being of their neighbors, the health of the land and water, and the legacy we leave for future generations. 

Operating primarily in the Midwest, CURE plays a pivotal role in fostering the national rural electric co-op reform and democratization movement with a comprehensive focus on community organizing, electoral politics, and policy development.

Within their work, CURE dedicates efforts to various areas such as climate, energy, rural environmental justice, water, and fostering a connection between people and nature. Throughout all their projects, a central focus lies on promoting civic engagement, underscoring its significance in driving positive change.

Encouraging Energy Democracy in Rural Communities

CURE is a unique organization with a focus on democracy-driven and rural-based approaches to combating climate, energy, and environmental issues. It operates as a Rural Democracy group, aiming to empower rural communities to address the interconnections between environmental injustice, climate issues, and democracy crises. CURE’s initiatives, like the Energy Democracy program, Rural Democracy Project, and issue-based campaigns, aim to strengthen the political, electoral, and social foundation necessary to tackle environmental challenges and inequalities faced by rural areas.

With a grounded approach, CURE supports the Minnesota Environmental Justice Table-led campaign against the HERC in North Minneapolis. CURE is now working with MNEJ Table to expand the movement against incinerators beyond the Twin Cities and involve various communities in Greater Minnesota affected by harmful energy sources. By focusing on non-metro areas impacted by other incineration facilities, CURE aims to raise awareness and resistance against Minnesota’s over-reliance on incineration for waste management, ultimately paving the way for alternative waste management solutions to landfills and incineration, as well as the transition toward a zero waste system.

The Basics

Incinerator: Xcel Energy – Wilmarth Plant

Location: 1040 Summit Ave, Mankato, MN 56001

Pounds of pollutants (annually): Data Not Available

Mercury: 2.01

PM2.5: 2,649.29

Lead: 3.48

NOx: Data Not Available

Community: 14% People of Color, 26% Low-Income

Critical Date: (Permit expiration date): not available