Dale Twardoski reaches 30-year milestone
Capital Electric Cooperative’s (CEC) warehouse materials coordinator and former lead lineworker, Dale Twardoski, has reached an important milestone in his co-op career. Thirty years of working for any business is a long stretch. If you add in the five years Dale worked for West Plains Electric Cooperative in Dickinson before joining CEC in 1990, you have a distinguished career serving co-op members.
Looking back at how he became interested in a lineworker career, Dale recalls, “I had two neighbors who were linemen who both seemed to be doing quite well financially, and I thought that would be a good opportunity for me.”
Dale enrolled in the Bismarck State College lineworker program and worked as summer help for Montana Dakota Utilities Company (MDU). While working for MDU, a lineworker position posting popped up at West Plains Electric Cooperative in Dickinson. In his interview for the position, Dale said, “I’m ready to go to work, hire me.” And, they did.
“The MDU guys put a good word in for me,” he remembers. In 1990, CEC Line Superintendent Dick Meier was looking to retire, and Gordy Wiesz moved into the position. This meant a lineworker position was open, and since Dale wanted to get
back to his hometown of Bismarck, it was a perfect opportunity for him.
After working 26 years as a lineworker, Dale hung up his hard hat and stepped into the warehouse to take over for Mike Schneider, who retired in 2016.
Looking back on the past 30 years, Dale reflects, “I have really enjoyed this job, even though I missed some holidays and birthdays due to outages. It is very rewarding to restore power to our members, and they were almost always appreciative for our efforts. We shared in a lot of free food, coffee and other treats from those members along the way. The farmers were always willing to help us out with their equipment as needed during a storm as well.”
“I’ve worked with a lot of good, hard-working people over the years. People who would do what was necessary to get the job done,” he adds. “CEC has a great group of employees.”
Operations Manager Rick Dressler says everyone likes Dale. “He is just so easy to work with. He also knew everyone in our service area and in Bismarck. It didn’t hurt that his dad was Fritz the Barber, a very well-known figure in town,” says Rick.
System Supervisor Jeff Holzer adds, “Dale was the guy that could spot a 9/16-inch socket wrench that was lying in the ditch 50 feet from the road at 70 mph. We always laughed at the treasures he would bring back to the office.”
Dale has been married to his wife, Anita, for 28 years. They have three children, Ali (Landon), Meg (Nada), and Clark; and four grandchildren, Ila, Avinash, Wells and Madden. Dale’s favorite pastime is spending time fishing and camping with his family
at Beulah Bay. As he prepares for retirement, he hopes to stay healthy and enjoy many more years with his family.
CEC thanks Dale for his 30 years of commitment to the cooperative. Thanks for keeping the lights on!