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The power you get from Nodak Electric Cooperative is so reliable that it can be easy to forget that there are dozens of men and women helping to make it happen. Who are these faces behind the kilowatts? We’re your neighbors, and it’s time we introduced you to some of the folks who keep Nodak running smoothly.

Blaine Thompson
Commercial Accounts Supervisor

  • Job: Works with account billing, ensuring that services for commercial and industrial members operate smoothly and that questions are answered in a timely manner
  • Year started at Nodak: 2017 Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Favorite part about North Dakota: Getting to experience all four seasons and the outdoor activities that come with them
  • First job: Lawn mowing business
  • Hobbies/interests: Spending time outside and watching sports, including golf, hockey and football
  • Surprising fact: I’m a terrible swimmer
  • Biggest strength: Being a rational thinker and a problem solver
  • Most known for: Having a positive attitude
  • Guilty pleasure: Dairy Queen Blizzards
  • Favorite place to travel: Big Sky, Montana
  • Favorite sports team: UND hockey
  • Favorite app on your phone: Twitter

Brooke Johnson
Member Service Representative

  • Job: Interacts with members to resolve issues and to provide responses to inquiries about products and services in a timely and friendly manner
  • Year started at Nodak: 2015
  • Hometown: Edmore, ND
  • Favorite part about North Dakota: The “North Dakota nice” attitudes
  • First job: Cashier at Piccadilly Pizza
  • Hobbies/Interests: Board games, bingo and YouTube
  • Surprising fact: I have 14 Despicable Me Minions tattooed on my leg
  • Biggest strength: Customer service skills
  • Craziest food you’ve eaten: Kangaroo
  • Guilty pleasure: Netflix
  • Favorite quote/advice: “If not now, when?”
  • Favorite sports team: Philadelphia Eagles
  • Favorite app on your phone: Snapchat

Andrew Peterson
Plant Accountant

  • Job: Assists with work orders, purchase orders, monthly financial statements and insurance claims in order to provide Nodak crews the equipment they need to ensure reliable power for Nodak members
  • Year started at Nodak: 2013
  • Hometown: Union Lake, MN
  • Favorite part about North Dakota: It’s close to my family and friends
  • First job: Cutting and trimming trees for a tree service
  • Hobbies/Interests: Weightlifting, biking, water skiing, wrestling and watching the Minnesota Vikings and Twins
  • Surprising fact: I have a twin brother
  • Biggest strength: Creating intricate spreadsheets with complex formulas
  • Most known for: Being a picky eater
  • Guilty pleasure: Dairy Queen blizzards
  • Favorite place to travel: Jamaica
  • Preferred place to eat: Rhombus Guys
  • Favorite app on your phone: Calculator

Dan Schaefer
Line Superintendent

  • Job: Manages the operations of the line department, ensuring that crews are safe and that Nodak members have affordable and reliable power
  • Year started at Nodak: 1983
  • Hometown: Reynolds, ND
  • Favorite part about North Dakota: It’s not overcrowded
  • First job: Picking rocks for a neighbor
  • Hobbies/Interests: Watching University of North Dakota hockey and football games, spending time at the lake with family
  • Surprising fact: I love to work out and have participated in the Tough Mudder challenge in Minneapolis
  • Biggest strength: I’m a do-it-yourself “fix it” person
  • Favorite quote/advice: Make every day count
  • Guilty pleasure: Widman’s chippers
  • Go-to music: Late ‘70s and early ‘80s classic rock
  • Favorite sports team: Minnesota Vikings
  • Favorite app on your phone: Fitbit

Mylo Einarson
President & CEO

  • Job: Manages all the working parts of Nodak in a manner that creates value for Nodak’s members
  • Year started at Nodak: 2011
  • Hometown: Grafton, ND
  • Favorite part about North Dakota: The beautiful sunsets
  • First job: Cleaning bowling balls at a bowling alley in 3rd grade
  • Hobbies/interests: Golf, grilling and traveling
  • Surprising fact: I have a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do and I’m a certified self-defense instructor
  • Biggest strength: I’m an analytical thinker
  • Favorite quote/advice: My dad always said, “If you watch your pennies, the dollars will take care of themselves”
  • Guilty pleasure: Cashews
  • Craziest food you’ve eaten: Sea cucumber
  • Favorite place to travel: Europe
  • Go-to music: Anything from the ‘80s
  • Favorite sports team: University of North Dakota