For two boys, Basin Electric trip was more than just a tour

Boys tour North Dakota Energy Trail

Finn Williamson (left), age eight, and Zander Hauf (right), age five, pose while wearing their safety gear before their tour at Antelope Valley Station.

Verendrye Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Velva, ND, offers large member tours a few times throughout the year. Some of their customers recently went on a tour of North Dakota’s Energy Trail and among the crowd touring were two young boys, Finn Williamson, age eight, and Zander Hauf, age five.

Finn’s dad, David Williamson, thought the tour would be an experience he and his son could enjoy together. David took time off of work and Finn was excused from school to go on the tour. “I wanted to make it a special day to spend with Finn. He is especially interested in engineering and I thought it would be a good learning experience for him,” David says.

Zander also went on the tour with his dad, Jon Hauf, who started working as a mechanic at Verendrye Electric’s Velva shop in September. Zander says his favorite part was seeing the dozer at the Freedom Mine, climbing on the dump truck, and riding on the bus.

It was more than just a tour for the father-son duos. It was a learning experience that gave them an opportunity for some bonding time.

“Finn was fascinated. His favorite part was seeing the models and looking into the power plant boiler. I am looking forward to bringing the rest of my family along the next time,” David says.

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