Why Basin? Employees enjoy the cooperative way

Alex DahlHappiness comes in a couple forms for Alex Dahl.

When he’s off the clock, he’s a thrill seeker who enjoys launching all-terrain vehicles off riverside sand dunes south of Bismarck, ND. Twice a year Dahl and a buddy even travel to the St. Anthony Sand Dunes in Idaho Falls, ID, a paradise of sorts for fellow off-road enthusiasts.

“You’ll see a lot of pretty expensive ATV equipment out there,” says Dahl, Basin Electric enterprise systems administrator I.

When his ATV is parked, Dahl is most happy working for a cooperative. Queue Basin Electric.

Dahl started his job at Basin Electric Oct. 5. He previously worked for National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), where he gained an appreciation for the cooperative business model from folks like Vern Dosch, NISC president and CEO.

“I’m used to the co-op way of doing things, and I don’t think I ever want to move away from that,” he says.

Dahl does a lot of behind-the-scenes work. His talents involve working with a team of professionals to build and maintain Basin Electric’s servers, which many cooperative employees rely on.

He’s a tech wizard who makes sure computer applications are supported with a strong server infrastructure.

Born in Grand Forks, ND, and raised in Rawlins, WY, Dahl initially attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, SD. He eventually transferred to University of Mary in Bismarck, where coincidentally, some family members were also studying.

Dahl realized he enjoys living in Bismarck and decided to call it his home. He also enjoys the atmosphere at Basin Electric.

“My previous experiences before working for a cooperative have been more high stress,” he says. “The culture at Basin Electric is awesome.”

Dahl likes working in a collaborative and supportive work environment.

With a great new job at his fingertips, Dahl is excited to remain engrained in the co-op culture.

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