Important Dates in the History of Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Rural Electrification Act
The Norton-Decatur Cooperative Electric Company, Inc., Norton, Kansas filed its Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of the State of Kansas on October 13, 1938, authorizing 600 shares of common stock with a par value of five dollars.
147 members had signed a membership list and paid their $5.00. The first minimum monthly payment was set at $3.50 for a farm and $2.10 for residents of a village. The value of capital stock was $3000. They had accumulated $735 in cash from sign-ups at this time.
First Board Meeting
The Kansas Corporation Commission signed a certificate of convenience to serve portions of Decatur, Norton, Graham, Sheridan and Thomas counties. Later, certificates were issued to serve Phillips and portions of Rooks counties.
First Annual Meeting of the Members
"A" Loan Granted
First Consumers Connected
Not For Profit
Central Kansas Power Co.
Two Way Radio System
1000 Customers Added
New Office Building
The 1957 Blizzard
Until 1957, electricity was purchased from the Central Kansas Power Company. Norton-Decatur was one of six rural electric cooperatives in western Kansas that organized a generation and transmission cooperative in 1957 (Sunflower Electric Cooperative). Thus, a projected CKP rate increase was avoided.
Tranfer of Management
Merger Created Prairie Land
Cheyenne and Rawlins county rural residents had been served by the Northwest Kansas Electric Cooperative Association since its incorporation in April 1945. Work began to incorporate the two companies into one, standardize board and personnel policies and find a new name for the company. . The first annual meeting of the merged cooperative membership was on April 3, 1997. An important item on the agenda for that meeting was the announcement of the merged cooperative’s new name — Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Concordia Ribbon Cutting and Open House
St. Francis Warehouse
Big Step with Renewables