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Director David Liuska retires after 33 years of service

David Liuska retired from the Capital Electric Cooperative board of directors in June after completing his final three-year term. A representative of District 2A from Wing, David has served 33 years.

When Capital Electric brought electric service to the family farm southwest of Wing in 1950, David was just 4 years old. After the linemen had drilled holes for the poles, David accidentally fell in the hole where his transformer pole sits today. David remembers looking up and seeing sky, as his mother pulled him out of the hole. It was the start of his electric cooperative roots, and David proudly tells people they go “from the ground up.”

During his junior year of high school in 1964, David was asked to serve on Capital Electric’s junior board of directors. He was one of nine students to attend meetings at the former cooperative headquarters on Airport Road in Bismarck. During his one-year term, two Capital Electric employees took the junior board to Minnesota, where they toured a nuclear power plant and attended a Minnesota Twins baseball game against the New York Yankees.

In 1981, David went on a young couple’s cooperative tour with his late wife, Diane. The next year he was asked to serve as a board director. He ran and was elected by the membership. The members have continued to support and re-elect him ever since.

To help him understand the continually changing electric industry, David attended formal training through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, and earned his Credentialed Cooperative Director certification and a Board Leadership Certificate.

Over the years he has attended trainings and workshops, and represented electric cooperatives locally, regionally and nationally, through many co-ops in the electric cooperative network.

“It’s been a good, long run,” he reflects. He noted the time commitment involved in learning the history of electric cooperatives and where they are headed in the future, and says he feels the three decades he has spent representing cooperatives has given Capital Electric continuity.

David says he wants to retire from the board while he and his wife, Marcia, still enjoy life.

“Two and two make four yet. Once they don’t, it’s time to quit,” he says.

The couple lives in Wing, but David has kept the family farm south of Wing. He still makes hay for 90 cows and rents out much of the pasture and hay land. Now that he will have more time, he plans to redo pasture fence, tear down old buildings and clean up his “million-dollar” machinery rows. He says 80 percent of his bucket list involves sprucing up the farm. In his spare time, he will come home and give Marcia his famous “two-minute notice” that it’s time for a road trip. When they get in the car, it seems to know what casino to visit.

David is also retiring from many of the activities he has been heavily involved within Wing. Over the years, he’s been active in the Wing horse club, fire department, theater, cemetery, American Legion, the Wing-Tuttle Color Guard, and his church. He does plan to remain active with the American Legion.

To pass the time, he and Marcia plan to take some day trips close to home including one to the Dale and Martha Hawk Museum in Wolford. Also in his recommended “Top 10” tourist attractions to visit within a short distance include the Pfennig Wildlife Museum in Beulah, the Paul Broste Rock Museum in Parshall and the petrified rock park in Lemmon, S.D. A former marine from 1965 to 1968, David also plans to go to Quantico, Va., to see the National Marine Corps Museum. He may also see his two sons and one granddaughter more often.

While David says he will miss the comradery of all the directors he’s met, visited with and learned from over the years, he knows Capital Electric is in good hands and feels peace in leaving the board.

“Lars trained Paul well,” he says. “The cooperative will continue to grow and prosper.”

Capital Electric Cooperative thanks David Liuska for his 33 years of dedication to the cooperative and its member-owners, and wishes him well.

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