Pay by bank promotion winner announced

Congratulations to Pat Lackman for winning the March Pay-by-bank promotion give-away!

Pat, a Dakota Valley Electric member from the Edgeley area, registered for the drawing by signing up for pay-by-bank before April 1. As the winner, Pat receives $125!

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District Meetings: Rates increase but still among nation’s lowest

Dakota Valley General Manager Jay Jacobson

By Connie Krapp

Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative members from all nine districts gathered at meetings in LaMoure, Dickey, Kulm, Edgeley, Wyndmere, Oakes, Wahpeton, Hankinson and Rutland in March. Three of those meetings – those in LaMoure, Dickey and Wyndmere – were caucus meetings where members had the opportunity to nominate a candidate to run for election to the board of directors. Members there learned that all potential candidates have until May 16 to file petitions that signal their intent to run for the Dakota Valley board. Any eligible member residing in eligible districts may obtain a petition form at headquarter offices in Edgeley or Milnor, or he or she may request a petition form by calling (800) 342-4671. Continue reading

Employees recognized for years of service

Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative Employee Service Award Winners 2011

Employees recognized for their years of service at this year’s employee meeting were (left to right): Craig Rysavy, Lisa Heinert, Tyler Aschemann, Kathy Rysavy, Michelle Berry, Nick Bollinger, Pat Schaffer, Darwin Hehr, Dustin Peterson, Tharen Ness and John Coleman. Not pictured: Ron Ferderer

Dakota Valley employees were recognized for their years of hard work during the cooperative’s annual all-employee meeting, held at the Springs Restaurant in Gwinner on February 11.

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Three board candidates nominated at caucus meetings; petition process still open

Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative members will be receiving mail-in ballots or going to the polls when the cooperative holds director elections at the annual meeting in June.

Director positions in three districts are up for election this year.  At district caucus meetings in March, candidates were nominated at each of the meetings.  In District 2 of the West Region, incumbent director Richard Schlosser was nominated.  In District 1 of the Central Region, incumbent director Connie Bitz was nominated.  In District 1 of the East Region, Mathew Thompson was nominated and at this meeting incumbent director Thomas Mund stated that he was not running for another term.

While this completes the caucus nomination process, qualified members of Dakota Valley Electric may still become a candidate for election to the board by filing a petition.

Candidates nominated at the caucus or by petition will all have their names printed on the ballot which will be mailed out to members in the respective Regions prior to the annual meeting.

Members have the opportunity to vote by mail, with ballots sent out to all members in mid-May, or at the annual meeting which will be held June 9 at the Milnor Activity Center.

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Kitchen Solvers of Jamestown: Offering solutions, one kitchen at a time


by Connie Krapp

Over nine years ago, on the last day of January, Scott Waldie, U.S. Sales Manager for Westward  Products, Inc. , returned home from a trade show in Great Falls, Mont.  He parked the company pickup and hung up his keys.  The next day he went to his own garage in Jamestown and began a kitchen cupboard refacing company.  Despite the fact that he was working as a loner, he christened his new business  “Kitchen Solvers.” “I was looking for a business I could start on my own that could not be replaced by computers,” he explains.  “The Kitchen Solvers franchise offered an owner-operator model and called for a skilled person.  I figured that no matter how good computers get, they were never going to replace a guy installing cabinets.”
Today, Scott, a Marion native, looks back on his decision as a good one.  But even he would not have guessed how successful his entrepreneurial endeavor would be.  After nine years,Scott has refaced and remodeled his way to a whole new business model which offers a broadened line of home building products and services.  Along with additional offerings, Scott has acquired a business partner/co-owner, hired 14 fulltime and three part-time employees, and moved his business three times.  Kitchen Solvers now boasts a spiffy 10,000-square-feet Main Street showroom that features appealing displays of kitchen and bath cabinets and countertops, hardware and accessories, flooring, lighting , heating, electric fireplaces and plumbing.

“People thought we were crazy to think we could compete,” he says.  “But people want service.  They like that we have the ability to give them exactly what they want.”
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