Fifth Generation Bottineau Resident Enjoys Electric Career Sparked in Hometown
Jon Beyer is a fifth generation Bottineau resident who started his impressive career at the local electrical cooperative by mowing lawns and washing cars when he was a junior in high school. After his senior year at Bottineau High School, he decided to stay local while he pursued high education and figured out what he wanted to do with his life. In 2006, he graduated with an associate degree in Marketing and Management from Minot State University-Bottineau, now known as Dakota College at Bottineau.
“I really enjoyed the small class sizes and opportunities for one-on-one interaction with professors. Just like when I attended MSU-Bottineau, Dakota College at Bottineau gives young people a chance to get an affordable, high-quality education that they will use for the rest of their lives,” says Beyer.
While he earned his degree, Beyer continued working part-time in the Members Services department at North Central Electric Cooperative. Working closely with the engineers piqued his interest in continuing his education within the electric industry. He attended Northland Community & Technical College in East Grand Forks, Minn., while continuing to work part-time during the summers and holidays for North Central. When he earned his diploma in Construction Electricity in 2008, North Central offered him a full-time position as an Electrician.
“The Cooperative business model really resonates with me. I enjoy helping our members and making a difference in people’s lives. I think of how fortunate I am that I have a career that allows me to truly help people every single day,” Beyer says.
Over the 19 years Beyer has been with North Central, he has grown from lawn maintenance to Electrician, Staking Engineer, Engineering Manager, and Engineering and Operations Manager. As his career progressed, he decided to invest in higher education once again by attending Dickinson State University online while continuing to work full-time. Beyer graduated with a bachelor’s degree in both Human Resources Management and Business Administration. Then in 2021, North Central Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors selected him to be the General Manager.
“I’m now in a position where I have the opportunity to make my vision a reality and I feel blessed to be in the General Manager role,” says Beyer. “From both a business and Bottineau resident standpoint, I appreciate everything Dakota College at Bottineau brings to our community. DCB is a huge catalyst as a major employer that attracts staff and students to our town. Having DCB here in Bottineau helps businesses grow and thrive.”
Beyer and his wife Molly, who is originally from Duluth, Minn., choose to live in Bottineau because they’ve both found fruitful careers here. Molly is a Nurse Practitioner who owns Modern Esthetics, an aesthetic and dermatologic medicine office in Bottineau. The couple have two daughters, Elle and Mila, who are in first grade and kindergarten.