Boat ramp donated at site of retired power plant

Shortly after the closure of Great River Energy’s Stanton Station power plant in North Dakota, area residents had a question that they hoped held a positive answer: “What will happen to the boat ramp at Stanton Station?”

Area residents had used the boat ramp for decades. It not only offers convenient access to the Missouri River for fishing and other recreational activities but remains the location of many get-togethers for current and former employees.

Rick Lancaster, former vice president and chief generation officer at Great River Energy, presents a sign to Gary Kalmback, a Stanton City Council member, to commemorate the boat ramp donation.

Great River Energy was aware of the boat ramp’s value and, as part of being a good neighbor, made the decision to donate the ramp and recreational area to the city of Stanton.

Rick Lancaster, then-vice president and chief generation officer, unveiled a sign at the site May 30 that commemorates the legacy of Stanton Station, as well as the donation.

“During operations, and still to this day, the surrounding communities have been supportive of Great River Energy and our employees,” Lancaster said. “Although the demolition of Stanton Station is nearly complete, its closure opened several opportunities for us to give back to the local communities.”

“The boat ramp is a real asset for this area and the new sign is great,” said Gary Kalmback, council member for the city of Stanton. “It is a testimony to Great River Energy’s appreciation and generosity and will serve as lasting reminder of the organization giving back to the community.”

The structure of Stanton Station has been taken down. In the months ahead, the site will be restored to a natural habit.

In keeping with the “concern for community” cooperative principle, Great River Energy believes in supporting the communities it serves, even beyond its business purpose. The co-op donates funds and sometimes equipment to organizations within its member-owner cooperatives’ service areas or near its facilities.