Hall of Fame

Basin Electric Power Cooperative has a proud history of serving its membership through innovative energy solutions that bolster and sustain local and regional economies and enhance community life in rural towns and cities. To honor those who have made significant contributions to rural electrics and communities, Basin Electric periodically bestows its Cooperative Spirit Award and Cornerstone Award on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to rural electric cooperatives.

Cornerstone Award

The Cornerstone Award is Basin Electric's highest award. It honors an individual whose leadership and outstanding service to electric cooperatives has been a "cornerstone" for Basin Electric, its member systems, and the rural Americans they serve.

The award will be given only to individuals truly deserving significant recognition and, as such, the award may not be presented every year.

Award recipients will be current or past leaders in, or supporters of, the cooperative movement.

The recipient's leadership, personal commitment, vision and business endeavors will be both distinguished and extraordinary and will have made a difference in the lives of the rural Americans, Basin Electric and its member systems served.

  • Gerald C. Wegner
    2002
  • Blaine Stockton
    2003
  • Robert L. McPhail
    2005
  • William L. Guy
    2006
  • Michael Hacskylo
    2007
  • Robert Feragen
    2008
  • Byron Dorgan
    2010
  • Hub Thompson
    2010
  • Dave Freudenthal
    2011
  • Wally Beyer
    2011
  • Kent Conrad
    2012
  • Wayne Child
    2014
  • Bob Engel
    2016
  • Bob Harris
    2017

Cooperative Spirit Award

This award is given for significant services performed by the recipient to Basin Electric and its membership. It is envisioned that honorees will be recognized for having been diligent in all aspects of their electric cooperative-related careers and created value and success for the cooperatives they work with/for through consistent good work. This award typically focuses on the recipient's years of excellent performance, commitment and service to Basin Electric and its member systems.

The Cooperative Spirit Award may be given to more than one person annually. The recipient may be a recent retiree, manager or director from Basin Electric, a member system, or another related organization. This award recognizes the recipient's outstanding performance and support for innovative and effective cooperative programs. Leadership, effectiveness and extent of impact shall be considered important factors in judging this award.

  • Orville Fossland
    2002
  • Ray Kruckenberg
    2003
  • Frank Knutson
    2003
  • William Keller
    2004
  • Gary Williamson
    2005
  • Eugene Appeldorn
    2008
  • Kent Janssen
    2008
  • Howard Easton
    2009
  • Richard Fockler
    2009
  • Ken Ziegler
    2009
  • Jim Headley
    2011
  • Clifton "Buzz" Hudgins
    2014
  • Daryl Hill
    2014