75th Anniversary History Book

75th Anniversary History Book

In 2014 Verendrye Electric published "Building a Dream Together," a book celebrating the cooperative's 75-year history. 

Free copies of the book are still available, and you can also read each section here.

Building a Dream Together: Celebrating 75 Years of Verendrye Electric Cooperative

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - Who was La Verendrye
  • Chapter 2 - Dream of electricity started in Verendrye & National dignitaries visited Verendrye by rail in 1925
  • Chapter 3 - Living a big dream in a small town
  • Chapter 4 - We have an electric co-op, now what?
  • Chapter 5 - The wonder of 'when the lights came on'
  • Chapter 6 - Verendrye helped establish "Giant Power" with Neal Station & Verendrye used to encourage members to use lots of electricity
  • Chapter 7 - Verendrye powers national defense
  • Chapter 8 - Employees remember technological advances at the co-op & Verendrye promotes technology
  • Chapter 9 - Food, Fun and Politics: A history of Verendrye Annual Meetings 
  • Chapter 10 - Grassroots support is key to a strong co-op; Member control from the meter to the power plant; & How can you become involved in your cooperative?
  • Chapter 11 - Storm disasters have tested Verendrye over the years
  • Chapter 12 - Growth makes the cooperative strong; Operation Round Up going strong since 1996; & Verendrye helped bring water, phones and housing to rural areas
  • Employees: Past and Present
  • Directors and Managers: Past and Present
  • Timeline and Map