Deer Creek Station workers continue their giving spirit

For the workers at Deer Creek Station, safety is priority number one. But next on their list, especially during the holidays, is giving to those in need in their community.

McKnight Community Hall Renovation Project

McKnight Community Hall Renovation Project (l to r): Curt Pearson, Basin Electric; Randy Brown, mayor of White, SD; Maureen McCormick, Boldt Construction; Tom Willmott, White Community Club; Mavis Willmott, White Community Club; Kristie Cling, Basin Electric; Deanna Tolrud, White Community Club.

In both November and December, workers completed the months without an on-site “recordable” safety incident. Boldt Construction offers workers a free lunch once a month, celebrating safety achievements. During those months, workers had the option of donating money to charities in the area.

Boldt Construction, AZCO, Van Ert Electric, Sioux Valley Energy, East River Electric Power Cooperative and Basin Electric matched the November donations, which means the entire donation totals more than $18,000. The money was delivered to various charities in the area to spread some holiday cheer. Representatives from some of the recipients are in the videos below and the picture above.

In December, workers raised more than $3,000, matched by Boldt Construction, resulting in an additional $6,000 to be given to local charities.

Deer Creek Station is a power plant under construction in Brookings County, SD. Construction for the 300-net megawatt facility is scheduled to be complete in 2012.

Curt Pearson, project coordination representative for Basin Electric, said, “It’s amazing to witness how these workers have given back to the community. This year’s donations were even more generous than last year’s. We greatly appreciate Sioux Valley Energy’s and East River Electric’s contributions, which shows the strength of the cooperative family and our commitment to community.”

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