Josh Kramer

Editorial: The seeds we sow, March 2022

The seeds we sow. That’s the thought that comes to mind as we inch closer to spring and the start of a new growing season.

We are all hoping for a spring of satisfactory moisture, germination and bountiful opportunities for a prosperous year. March is National Agriculture Month, and we can’t say thanks enough to those who contribute to the production and harvesting of the food, fiber and energy resources needed to sustain life across the globe.

Josh Kramer

Editorial: Who would be there? February 2022

Imagine what our state would be like without electric cooperatives.

As it was 75 years ago and still is today, electric cooperatives play a vital role in North Dakota’s economy and local communities. Electric co-ops were built by and belong to the members we serve. We are united in a common goal – improving quality of life for cooperative members. Electric cooperatives do this by both supporting communities and the people we serve and providing safe, affordable and reliable electric service.

Josh Kramer

Editorial: The last mile, January 2022

I recently read an article in which a large national food distributor proclaimed its “big step” toward reducing its carbon footprint.

This company, to remain nameless, declared it would maximize supply chain efficiencies and make significant progress toward its environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals by dramatically reducing its fleet mileage.

“When food is traveling fewer miles, everyone wins,” the company said.

Sounds good, right? Everyone wins! Or do we?

Hold that thought.

Josh Kramer

Editorial: Generosity, charity, service, December 2021

As you grow older, time seems to speed up.

Did you, like me, hear that phrase spoken when you were growing up? I’m really starting to understand it now.

It is hard to believe we are entering the last month of 2021. Soon, another year will pass. Several thoughts race through my mind. I make mental notes of the dozens of things left to do, both at work and at home. (Heck, I haven’t even tuned up the snowblower yet, I remind myself.)

Josh Kramer

Editorial: Take care of each other, November 2021

We take care of each other. That’s it!

The we-take-care-of-each-other mindset, in my opinion, must be present for teams, organizations, cooperatives, communities, groups, families or even society to be successful.

As I was reflecting on this theme, I did what any inquisitive mind might do: I “Googled” it. And guess what, my search revealed a quote from someone I greatly admire and respect – who sadly passed away a mere day before I wrote this editorial – Gen. Colin Powell.

Josh Kramer

Editorial: A challenge, or two, for you, October 2021

I have a challenge, or two, for our readers this month. (Or maybe a “dare” sounds more intriguing?)

As you wait with bated breath, let me say that October is Co-op Month. We celebrate the drive all cooperatives share for serving their members and helping our communities thrive.

This brings me to my first challenge: Tell one person what it means to be a co-op member. (Bonus points if you tell more than one person.)


Editorial: ‘Good to be back’ July 2021

I ponder the different conditions seen over generations. The periods of growth, good and hard times, the relief of a much-needed rain, or the hardship after a storm and times of drought. I think of the thousands who have gone elsewhere, but bring a piece of rural life to the places they now call home.

What I admire most is that for more than three-quarters of a century, cooperatives have stood beside their members through it all.

Josh Kramer

Editorial: Proud, June 2021

Do you ever have those moments? The ones that grab you and make you beam with pride, when you realize something important and meaningful has happened.

I had this epiphany recently. I realized, “Dang, the people in our co-ops ‘get it.’” (I know, I get paid to say that, but really, they do “get it.”) And they put their money where their mouths are, so to speak.

Our co-ops invest in their communities and their people. Not only the people of today, but looking forward, toward tomorrow and their future communities, members and workforce.

Josh Kramer


The BSC lineworker training program provides a great introduction to this critical trade, but completing the program is just the beginning. Learning continues throughout a lineworker’s career, both on the job and with advanced technical and safety training. Continuing education, training and safety programs are offered in special schools and by organizations like ours, the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC). NDAREC hosts a safety training program for the state’s electric cooperative workforce.