He’s perhaps the craftiest director at Basin Electric

Steel Trees

Charlie Gilbert doesn’t always create art with recycled materials. But when he does, it’s because his daughter asked him to. So when she spotted … [Read more...]

A day in the life of Basin Electric Director Gary Drost

Gary Drost1

A day in Washington, D.C., isn't a typical day for Gary Drost, but it's something he's familiar with and knows is necessary as a cooperative … [Read more...]

Iowa Lakes Electric among top 100 workplaces

Top places to work - Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative

Is this heaven? No, it’s Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative – one stellar place to work. At least, that’s what the co-op’s home state seems to be … [Read more...]

To catch a cone man

It’s easy to see that John Wilhelm is one busy guy. Recognized as the boss donned from head to toe in white food factory overalls, he is the plant … [Read more...]

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

The Story Behind the Switch switches things up

Story Behind the Switch

Basin Electric updates their educational program Walk into a classroom today and you will find students reading books on tablets, punching in … [Read more...]

Iowa lawmakers take Basin Electric plant tour

    A group of legislators from Iowa spent March 15-16 touring energy country in North Dakota. They got a first-hand look at the … [Read more...]

Mergers, alliances put co-op principles in practice

One of the seven cooperative principles is "cooperation among cooperatives." While all cooperatives strive to make that statement true, several Basin … [Read more...]

Iowa lineworkers practice safe pole climbing

Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative

Thanks to bucket trucks, Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative lineworkers don't need to climb poles very often. But there is that once or twice a year … [Read more...]

Basin Electric director’s grandson loses leg, wrestles on

Don Applegate

Collin Applegate lost his leg in a farm accident in October. Just two months later, he was back on the wrestling mat at Riverside High School in … [Read more...]