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NORSK HOSTFEST | SEPT. 29 – 30TH

MINOT – ND, Following our time in Oklahoma, we trekked north to America’s largest Scandinavian Festival – the 39th Annual Norsk Hostfest.  You may be wondering what cooperative objectives when could gain at this meeting.  The answer was clear to us the moment we stepped into the festival.  Basin Electric Power Cooperative and the North Dakota cooperatives were demonstrating one of the strongest member engagement initiatives we’ve seen on our travels.  From volunteering countless hours for décor and set-up to serving over 20,000 chocolate chip cookies and meals, the nearly 80,000 attendees knew exactly where to find smiling and community driven people – the ones bearing the Touchstone Energy logo.  

In addition, we found time to explore North Dakota. We hit the highway and visited Lake Audubon and Lake Sakakawea for an awesome sunset. While we were on the road, we witnessed the largest wind farm solely owned by a cooperative, Prairie Winds which is a subsidiary of Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

EMERGING TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE | WFEC – SEPT. 27TH

NORMAN – OK, This week, we were excited to join Western Farmers Electric Cooperative and their member systems at the 16th Annual Emerging Technologies Conference (ETC). Patterned after Touchstone Energy’s NET Conference, ETC is Oklahoma’s co-op business forum that is built on networking and innovation. The nearly 150 attendees were made of cooperative employees, key account business customers, partnering companies and distinguished speakers. We were able to catch up with Oklahoma’s LT. Governor, Todd Lamb, Altus Air Force Base Branch Chief, Heath Sirmons, and former U.S. Representative, Dan Boren, from Chickasaw Nation.

For more information on the 2017 NET Conference, view the full details here.

UPCOMING ON TOUR STOPS

As summer winds down, On Tour is revving up again. This time with immediate visits to WFEC (Norman, OK) for their annual Emerging Technologies Conference, an event geared towards bringing new tech and businesses to their co-op counterparts.

In addition, we have been given the opportunity to cover the Norsk Hostfest, the largest Scandinavian culture festival in North America by Basin Electric Power Cooperative. The event will be held in Minot, North Dakota and we couldn’t be more excited!

 

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WHO ARE WE?

Cyrus Crossan
Cyrus Crossan
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives

Cyrus joined Touchstone Energy last July after interning for them in 2013. He works as a motion graphics designer and videographer; and is webmaster of this site. He enjoys backpacking the world, seeing new places, breakdancing, photography and painting in his free time.

Ruben Musca
Ruben Musca
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives

Ruben is creative director at Touchstone Energy. He has a passion for travel and learning how other places and cultures view the world.

Josh McGhee
Josh McGhee
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives

Josh joined Touchstone Energy after interning in 2012.  Since then, he’s enjoyed spreading the cooperative difference around the country through the energy efficiency programs and watching the national brand grow.  He enjoys spending time with his wife, living in the DC area where they both grew up, boating, and sports.

Scott Bialick
Scott Bialick
TOUCHSTONE ENERGY COOPERATIVES

Scott has been with Touchstone Energy for almost 10 years.  As a Business Development Program Manager he runs the member benefit program, Co-op Connections and meets with cooperative business customers.  He boasts a huge movie collection, loves sports (real and fantasy) and enjoys traveling the country to meet with co-ops from coast to coast.