Cory Koenig has been hired to fill the open journeyman lineworker position at Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative’s (DVEC) Edgeley office.

Koenig, who was hired in May, fills a position left open after the retirement of Darwin Hehr, who retired after 50 years of service.

“We welcome Cory’s years of experience and the extensive knowledge of line construction and maintenance he brings to Dakota Valley,” said Brad Lunneborg, DVEC operations manager.

Koenig has been working with Edgeley crews completing smaller line construction jobs and routine maintenance in preparation for the upcoming 2021 construction season.

Koenig was born and raised in Gackle, N.D., where he graduated from high school. He then studied at the Energy Center for Excellence at Bismarck State College where he received an applied science degree in BSC’s lineworker program. He achieved journeyman lineworker status in 2020 after completing a four-year apprenticeship.

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From 2016 to 2020, Koenig was employed as an apprentice lineworker for Montana-Dakota Utilities in western North Dakota. Most recently, he was worked for MDU in Bismarck, where he worked as a journeyman lineworker.

Koenig and his wife, Nichole, live in Edgeley. They have one child, Matthew, who was born in February.