Member Spotlights

It's Official... We have the BEST Members!


John Larson—Bear Valley Electric, Menomonie, WI
We are excited to feature John Larson, owner of Bear Valley Electric in our newsletter this month! Bear Valley Electric is a family-owned-and-operated electrical contracting company that was founded in 1991. John’s father, Tom Larson started the business after the Uniroyal Tire Factory in Eau Claire announced it was closing. John took over for his father in 2010 when Tom retired from contracting to become a Wisconsin state legislator. Bear Valley Electric is located in Menomonie, WI, and they provide professional, affordable services for commercial, industrial, sand mine, agriculture and residential customers.... (July 2021)

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Terry Harmon—Dependable Electric, Coon Rapids
Terry Harmon of Dependable Electric is celebrating 25 years of membership with the Electrical Association! Thank you, Terry, for your loyalty to our organization. Terry grew up helping in his father’s saw sharpening business. As part of that, he would take apart the machines to replace blades. One of his father’s customers owned an electric motor repair shop and Terry had opportunity to tag along. This customer visit inspired his entry into the electrical industry.. (May 2021)

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Greg Dapper—Cedar Lake Electric, Faribault
“He’s the first one to get here and the last one to leave.” That is how Cedar Lake Electric founder Jerry Valentyn describes electrician Greg Dapper. Forty-five years after Dapper stepped in as the business’s first employee, he was the “last to leave” for the final time Thursday, when he began his retirement. (March 2021)

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Brian Welling, Fulda Electric Service
For this month’s Member Spotlight, we feature Brian Welling of Fulda Electric Service Inc. 2021 marks the shop’s 50th year in business and 50th year as an Electrical Association member! The company was founded in 1971 by Don Welling, Brian’s father, in the Southwestern Minnesota town of Fulda. Business expanded from primarily farm and residential work to include more commercial jobs, and by the early 90s, the shop had expanded into South Dakota, purchasing a warehouse site in the town of Brandon. (Jan 2021)

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Jay Tornquist—Willmar Electric
We are proud to feature Jay Tornquist of Willmar Electric. 2020 marks a monumental achievement for Willmar Electric, as the company celebrates its 100th year in business! Jay grew up in Kerkhoven, home of the infamous Tom Freetly, a past Chair of the Board for the Electrical Association. Jay and his wife, Kathy, live in Willmar, where they have lived for 22 years. They are proud parents of Peter, Hannah, Abby and Nathan, and have five grandchildren. (Nov 2020)

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The Klein Family—Klein Electric, St. Cloud, MN
Happy 50th membership anniversary! My how time flies! It all started in 1969, when Roger operated Klein Electric out of his garage. At first it was just Roger’s car that had to park outside, but then business grew and Darlene had to park her car outside too. Eventually the business grew larger than the garage, and in 1972, Roger & Darlene moved to the farm where there was plenty of room to expand and where the business still resides today. (Sept 2020)

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Dale Jackson—Jackson Electric, Winthrop MN
We are pleased to introduce this month’s member spotlight. Dale Jackson has been a member and a leader of the Electrical Association for over 3 decades. He served as the President of the Association from 2002-2003 and has recently accepted a position on the Board of Directors again. We are so grateful to have his expertise and leadership back on the board. (July 2020)

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Ahmad Kian & Ehssan Taghizadeh—Apadana, Golden Valley
The Electrical Association is pleased to welcome a relatively new member, Ahmad Kian and Apadana. About 15 years ago, Ahmad's little daughter asked him what he's done for the future of our planet. He immediately went into action, changing his focus from his successful Fortune 100 career into how he can become a successful steward of the environment.today. (May 2020)

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Jayson Oswald—Landmark Electric, Ramsey MN
This issue’s Member Spotlight features Jayson Oswald of Landmark Electric Inc. His passion for learning how things work and his detail-oriented personality made him a great fit for the electrical industry. Jayson worked for many years as a foreman, running work and in a service truck and gaining knowledge in the field. From this experience, he became an expert in electrical contracting and management, which ultimately led him to pursue his own business. (March 2020)

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