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

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