Sukut receives award from Central Power

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Pictured from left to right are Central Power President Mark Brehm, Central Power General Manager Tom Meland, and Basin Electric General Manager and CEO Paul Sukut. Sukut received the Gary M. Williamson Good Turn Award from Central Power at its annual meeting in March.

Basin Electric CEO and General Manager Paul Sukut received the Gary M. Williamson Good Turn Award from Class A member Central Power Electric Cooperative at its annual meeting in March.

“It is with a great deal of admiration and in friendship that I proudly present this award to Paul Sukut for his dedication to advancing the Electric Cooperative Program,” Central Electric General Manager Tom Meland said when presenting the award. “We thank you for all you have done for the membership of Basin Electric, and in particular, all you have done for Central Power and its members.”

Sukut has been employed with Basin Electric since 1983, serving as deputy general manager and chief financial officer before becoming the cooperative’s fifth general manager in 2014. He has been quoted as saying, “I grew up in the cooperative world; co-ops are in my blood.”

Central Power also presented Good Turn Awards to North Dakota Sen. David O’Connell and North Central Electric Cooperative General Manager Wayne Martian.

O’Connell was elected to the North Central Electric board of directors in 1979. He also served in the North Dakota Legislature for over 30 years. “It is abundantly clear that he has devoted his life to public and cooperative service,” Meland said when presenting the award.

Martian has been employed by North Central Electric Cooperative for 40 years, the last 12 as its general manager. “We thank you for all you have done in your capacity as general manager of North Central Electric Cooperative for Central Power and its members,” Meland said.

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