The city of East Grand Forks is located in northwestern Minnesota on the North Dakota border. The city lies in the Red River valley, home to some of the most fertile agricultural soil in the world. The area is home to farms growing soybeans, sugar beets, wheat and potatoes. American Crystal Sugar, the largest beet sugar producer in the United States, is a large industrial user of electricity.
Because of the timing of sugar production, East Grand Forks is a winter peaking utility, unlike most other MMPA members. MMPA welcomed East Grand Forks as a member on November 1, 2004.