Capital Electric writer takes on new co-op challenge


In the cooperative world, stories about our members, our employees, and how we do business reflect our co-op values. We care about people and we care about doing business the right way, treating our members like true owners and friends. These values are important to us, and we love to hear about what’s happening in our co-op community.

Telling that story is an art, and it takes someone who has lived and breathed the co-op philosophy for more than 11 years to do it well. Carmen Devney has been telling the co-op story for Capital Electric Cooperative for that many years. As a shared employee with the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives and Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative, Carmen has juggled a hectic schedule to interview our members and employees, writing interesting and informative articles on all types of cooperative issues. She has been a national award-winning writer first, but also a great resource for cooperative information, a source of collaboration on other communication issues, and a very good friend.

Working for a co-op you become like family, and your members are an extension of that family. Carmen has developed relationships with our members as she has interviewed them for a wide variety of stories. It’s a challenging and rewarding experience to reach into someone’s mind and glean the details that resonate with others in the community that have something in common. Carmen has been an expert at meeting people where they live, getting to know who they are and what they believe, and sharing that information with the rest of us in a relatable and entertaining way.

We have all enjoyed the wide array of emotional, informative and humorous articles that she has written for the North Dakota Living local pages during this time. Now it’s time for her to move on and write those stories for another group of cooperatives. Carmen will be working for Innovative Energy Alliance, which consists of Mor-Gran-Sou Electric, Roughrider Electric, Slope Electric and KEM Electric. With an office in Mandan, she will still meet with members to interview them and dig up stories to pass onto the co-op members in their service areas.

We will miss Carmen’s expertise and her willingness to go above and beyond to make a story better, to develop a relationship with a member and engage them in the co-op way, and to be a highly productive part of the Capital Electric team. We know she will continue to succeed in the co-op world, as she continues to live and breathe the Touchstone Energy® Cooperative values that we all share as we serve our member-owners. Best wishes to you, Carmen. We will miss you!

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