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 Cornerstone Award and Cooperative Spirit 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.

See: Cooperative Spirit Award Winners

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Cornerstone Award Winner

Gerald C. Wegner

2002
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Cornerstone Award Winner

Blaine Stockton

2003
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Cornerstone Award Winner

Robert L. McPhail

2005
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Cornerstone Award Winner

William L. Guy

2006
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Cornerstone Award Winner

Michael Hacskylo

2007
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Cornerstone Award Winner

Robert Feragen

2008
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Cornerstone Award Winner

Byron Dorgan

2010
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Cornerstone Award Winner

Hub Thompson

2010
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Cornerstone Award Winner

Dave Freudenthal

2011
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Cornerstone Award Winner

Wally Beyer

2011
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Cornerstone Award Winner

Kent Conrad

2012
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Cornerstone Award Winner

Wayne Child

2014
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Cornerstone Award Winner

Bob Engel

2016
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Cornerstone Award Winner

Bob Harris

2017