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Editorial: December 2018

North Dakota Living stays strong


Josh Kramer, executive vice president and general manager, NDAREC

This December issue of North Dakota Living, officially, is Volume 65, No. 6 – that makes us 65 and a half years old!

Recently, I took some time to thumb through our magazine archive. It catapulted me back to my boyhood days as an Emmons County farm kid.

Nostalgia swept over me. I could recall my grandma bringing in the day’s mail and handing the new REC Magazine to my grandpa. It was a prized monthly arrival in the rural mail deliveries. Grandpa would examine it carefully. When he finished, he would place it on the top of the pile of REC Magazines from months prior. I remember him saying with great pride, “Josh, that’s our co-op’s magazine.”

He was very proud our electric cooperative was producing such a quality magazine. On many occasions, back in the days before instant searching, our family members scavenged that REC Magazine pile, looking for a memorable article, recipe or ad.

As times, people and communications have changed greatly over 65-plus years, the important things about your statewide magazine have remained constant. For all these years, your magazine has sustained a reliable, helpful flow of information to North Dakota electric cooperative members and other subscribers.

From the 1954 inception, as North Dakota Rural Electric Magazine, up to today’s North Dakota Living, the magazine has found success primarily with news and features about members of our co-ops. The magazine has also been a platform for discussion of the important issues facing North Dakota’s electric co-ops and positive developments in our state.

This month’s issue is good illustration of the continuing, effective mission of North Dakota Living: there’s a rural N.D. couple who are helping light up Christmas; electric vehicle innovations; and a visit to a five-generation family that has recently updated their remarkable story in a new memories and recipes book.

Each month you see excellent reports from your local electric cooperative in the center section of the magazine, often featuring tips on how members can stay safe and save money while using electricity.

North Dakota Living has joined the electronic access era. In this issue, you’ll notice we celebrate a great milestone: reaching more than 10,000 fans on our North Dakota Living Facebook page. Electronic access to North Dakota Living is important to our readers, and we hope that fan base keeps growing!

In coming months, North Dakota Living will say farewell to Kent Brick, our editor for the past 26 years. During his tenure, Kent and the magazine team have helped us maintain a true cooperative magazine. Early in 2019, Kent enters his well-deserved retirement. I know I speak for many when I say, “Kent, we are going to miss you, my friend.”

Going forward, readers can rest assured North Dakota Living will continue to pay them a friendly monthly visit. We wish you a blessed Christmas and a prosperous happy new year!

Josh Kramer, editor-in-chief of North Dakota Living, is executive vice president and general manager of NDAREC, P.O. Box