Stay Basin: Word of mouth sparked long career


When Kevin Dissell tells new employees how long he’s worked for Basin Electric, as well as the numerous jobs he’s earned along the way, their jaws … [Read more...]

Central Electric Cooperative works to repair damage after South Dakota tornado

The damage in Wessington Springs, SD, after a tornado ripped through last night has been described as “absolute devastation.” Central Electric … [Read more...]

West River Electric celebrates 75 years

West River Electric 75th anniversary

June 12, 1939. Smart people had the foresight to see it was necessary to light up the homes and ranches of the West River Electric Cooperative … [Read more...]

A journey through Verendrye Electric’s 75th Annual Meeting If you’re looking for a petting zoo, Segway lessons, 3,100 meals and a caring cooperative atmosphere, … [Read more...]

A day in the life of a lead yard equipment operator

Shawn Rupert, Laramie River Station

He used to get pushed around a bit. Pulled in every direction. Bucked and tossed. As an amateur bull rider, Shawn Rupert lived a life in which … [Read more...]

ND Historical Society pays tribute to Basin Electric, others

“We (Touchstone Energy cooperatives) have been such an integral part of this story called North Dakota. … We’re so proud to partner with the State Historical Society and its foundation, our congressional delegation, our legislative leaders and our elected statewide office holders to keep writing chapter after chapter of who the RECs are and why we matter to the state’s continuing growth,” said the night’s keynote speaker, Dennis Hill, executive vice president and general manager of the NDAREC.

Walking around the Ramkota Hotel Ballroom in Bismarck, ND, the evening of April 24 was like a walk through Basin Electric’s history book. The room was … [Read more...]

Basin Electric focusing on the future

system growth

Basin Electric needs additional generation and transmission resources to serve its members’ needs. This much is known. What's not completely clear, … [Read more...]

Journey to joining SPP: Part 2

Basin Electric's internal working groups are engrossed in working through membership details and decision points leading to the potential of becoming and integrating into SPP transmission-owning membership.

Basin Electric's journey to joining Southwest Power Pool (SPP) reached a significant milestone this week. On June 9, the SPP board approved changes to … [Read more...]

Voices of reason: Energy-producing states send requests to the White House

Representatives of the Energy-Producing States Coalition gather at Bismarck State College's National Center of Excellence April 16.

It’s time to chat about states’ rights, proper timing and best practices with carbon regulation. That’s the message a large group of state … [Read more...]

‘Ice Cream Capital’ remains, thanks to electric co-op and community

(Sitting, from left): Matt Washburn, Kent Pauling, Neal Adler, Scott Langel, Lyle Korver and Jim Henrich enjoy ice cream cones at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in Le Mars, IA. The group, which was served the tasty treats by Gary Susemihl, parlor manager of 12 years, and fellow employee Branda Phelan, were among those who played a key role in shaping a development package to keep the Wells corporate headquarters in the community.

Life is pretty sweet in Le Mars, IA. Embraced as the Ice Cream Capital of the World, a culture of fun and success seems to line every … [Read more...]


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