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BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) presented Public Service Commissioner Brian Kroshus with the Helping Hand Award at its annual meeting on Jan. 15. The award recognizes faithful friends and strong supporters of North Dakota’s electric cooperatives.

“Commissioner Kroshus’ personal commitment and dedication to electric cooperatives, his understanding of rural America and his approach to balanced energy strategy makes him most deserving of this award,” says NDAREC General Manager and Vice President Josh Kramer. “We appreciate his attentiveness and thoughtfulness when he approaches issues important to North Dakota’s electric cooperatives.”

Commissioner Kroshus has gone out of his way to communicate with cooperative members and participated in many electric cooperative annual meetings. He has been approachable and eager to listen to the perspective of electric cooperative leaders.

Having grown up on a farm, Commissioner Kroshus understood the value of North Dakota’s electric cooperatives at a young age. And, as an owner of a cattle and grain operation in western North Dakota, he currently relies on an electric cooperative to provide reliable, affordable service. Commissioner Kroshus currently holds the portfolio on electric and gas economic regulation, pipeline safety and damage prevention, weights and measures and consumer affairs.

Every year, NDAREC recognizes individuals for their generous contributions to North Dakota’s electric cooperatives and the communities they serve. An eight-member committee of the NDAREC board of directors selects award recipients from nominations submitted by NDAREC’s members, which includes 16 electric distribution cooperatives and five generation and transmission cooperatives.

NDAREC is the statewide trade association for 16 electric distribution cooperatives and five generation and transmission cooperatives operating in North Dakota. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to more than 250,000 North Dakotans along more than 200,000 meters. NDAREC services include legislative advocacy, line worker safety training and professional development services, cooperative business development, and communication services including publication of the North Dakota Living magazine.