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Daryl Hill Ends 35 Year Career at Basin Electric

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"It's been one hell of a ride, and I mean that in a good way."

Daryl Hill's days at Basin Electric may be coming to an end but he can easily remember the first day he started.

"When I walked into Basin Electric that first day we had an I-B-M selective typewriter," he recalls. "And I thought I died and gone to heaven because look at the latest in technology a typewriter that you could type fast on it and it had correcting tape."

The typewriter is long gone, but Daryl says he has learned to grow with the Internet, and social media. "Technology will change, it always has but you know what won't change is the personal relationships, being able to talk to people and get them the information they need. Back in the '70s when I started people wanted information they wanted to know what was going in. And we did our best to tell it to them. Now we did our best to tell it to them now we can do it a lot faster, it happens quicker."

While his title is the manager of media relations, over the decades Daryl has watched North Dakota's energy field change. And the Antelope Valley Station outside of Beulah, is one of his closest projects.

"On my first trip out there Antelope Valley was a mere hole in the ground so I got to watch it grow from that to the dynamic power plant. But there was a time when we were building power plants to meet the growing need for electricity."

But Daryl says the need plateaued in the late '80s and early '90s but it didn't seem to stay stagnant for too long.

"All of a sudden the demand started take off again in the late '90s early 2000s so we built more power plants. So now we're seeing in Western North Dakota is a growing demand for electricity."

And there was also a demand for his knowledge. Daryl has led over thousands of people through the power plant on tours.

"My last tour was today....fifteen ten. And it was a really bitter sweet moment. Because those people at Antelope Valley are some of the nicest people and we've gotten close together with these tour groups coming out and I can't say enough good about those folks."

Daryl says that while his retirement closes one chapter, he won't ever forget the people he's worked with.

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