If there is one thing that electric cooperatives are proud of but not always known for, it’s innovation. Electric co-ops began forming in the 1930s when friends and neighbors in rural America started joining together to bring electricity to their homes and farms which major power companies were unwilling to invest in. Even then, at the very beginning, the innovative way of doing business set co-ops apart. Now, 80 years later, challenges continue to drive innovation, and innovation still drives co-ops.
It was 1964. Lyndon B. Johnson was president of the United States, The Beatles were invading American airwaves, and military tensions were mounting in East Asia. While events around the globe were making a mark on history, a young man was just beginning a career at a rural electric cooperative in southeastern North Dakota. He had no idea what was in store for him, nor of the hundreds of lives he would impact.
The snow is gone. The grass is starting to turn green again. Another winter has passed; another spring is beginning to give way to summer. Our harshest season was relatively mild again this year. For that, many are thankful. Twenty years ago, it was a very different story. For many, the winter and spring of 1997 do not seem like they happened two decades ago already — the memories are still fresh and probably will be for decades to come.
Cass County Electric Cooperative’s 79th Annual Meeting of the Members was held on April 18, 2017 at the Delta by Marriott in Fargo. 556 people were in attendance, including 338 registered CCEC members. Guests included representatives from other co-ops and utilities, representatives from the offices of Senator Heitkamp, Senator Hoeven, and Congressman Cramer, and former CCEC employees and board members.
In the icy throes of a winter storm, Cass County Electric Cooperative linemen are the ones on the front lines. Braving slick roads and low visibility, they work for hours on end to restore power and repair damages inflicted by Mother Nature. They are the ones you’re most likely to see coming down your street when the power is out, and the ones whose progress you’re most likely to be monitoring. However, as the storm passes and the crews return, back at CCEC headquarters in Fargo, a number of employees are still hard at work.
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