Stay Basin: A culture of support for families in need

Dan Wallach

When facing difficult times, it’s nice to have the support of a caring cooperative family.

That’s been the case for Dan Wallach, Dakota Gas senior process engineer. When his wife found out she had cancer in 2014, the people at Dakota Gas, a subsidiary of Basin Electric, rallied around him. Watch the video.

“There was support from the entire engineering group out here at the plant,” Wallach says. He was able to take sick leave to be with his wife when she underwent chemotherapy and surgery.

“It’s amazing what Basin Electric’s insurance program will cover when you go through something like that,” he says.

Today, Wallach is happy to say his wife is cancer-free. “We’re praying that it stays that way,” he says.

He’s thankful to his co-workers and management for stepping in for him while he was away.

That’s the great thing about cooperatives – family comes first.

Communities are important to co-ops, too. That’s why Wallach likes to be involved in his.

In 2007, Wallach was ordained a permanent deacon for the Catholic Diocese of Bismarck in Bismarck, ND, where Basin Electric is headquartered. He assists a priest for churches in Beulah, ND, and Hazen, ND.

Many of his fellow parishioners work with him at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah, ND.

Wallach’s been at the plant for 33 years. In his time there, he’s been amazed by the technology he’s seen – especially the coal gasification process.

While it takes millions of years for the earth to make natural gas, it only takes the Synfuels Plant 20 minutes. It’s the only plant of its kind in the United States.

He’s also enjoyed witnessing other units being added to the plant. Those units produce many different products that reduce the plant’s dependency on the price of natural gas.

Wallach has enjoyed building a successful career with Basin Electric, where he enjoys terrific benefits and a retirement plan that’s tough to beat.

The supportive co-workers, however, are his favorite part of the job.

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