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Electric cooperatives are strong supporters of foundation's work

The Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation continues in its journey of celebrating art, history and culture with the support of North Dakota’s electric cooperatives, including McLean Electric Cooperative, which serves the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn, along with generation and transmission cooperatives Basin Electric Power Cooperative in Bismarck, Great River Energy and Minnkota Power Cooperative.

“The electric cooperatives, from the very beginning, have been among our most ardent supporters,” says Foundation President David Borlaug. “McLean Electric has been a constant supporter all these years. You put that all together and that’s been a major force in our cooperative support.”

He points to particular support from Basin Electric and Great River Energy, which also have seats on the Foundation board.

“They’re with us and supporting us in this next phase,” he says.

“Basin Electric has been a longtime supporter of the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation,” says Mike Eggl, Basin Electric senior vice president of communications and administration. “Our state has a rich history, and I believe it’s that same pioneering spirit that Lewis and Clark held that holds the keys to our future. We have so much opportunity here in North Dakota, and cooperatives have always been central in building and strengthening our communities. The Foundation’s efforts complement that vision.”

Preserving and promoting art and history depends on the generosity of others, Borlaug points out.

“Art and culture have always been dependent on people’s goodwill. You can’t just do this commercially,” he says.

“Great River Energy has supported the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation from the beginning, when it displayed and preserved a number of historically significant artifacts and reconstructions of the Lewis and Clark era, as well as the very land upon which so many of their experiences took place. This resulted in opportunities for our employees and their families to experience the history of this area throughout the years,” says Lyndon Anderson, leader of communications at Great River Energy. ν