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Ardel Rice, a director on the SRT Board of Directors since 2000, has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the NTCA James L. Bass Director Life Achievement Award under the Achievement Awards Program.

The NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association Achievement Awards recognize NTCA members who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to their communities and the rural broadband industry.

Rice served as chairman of SRT’s board of directors from 2010 to 2012, an unprecedented time when historic flooding devastated the Minot region just as SRT’s rural fiber project began. As Chairman, he also led the Board of Directors through SRT’s evolution from a telephone company to a broadband company. When she led the board’s strategic planning in 2012, Rice identified key priorities, such as anticipating the region’s growth and major broadband and fiber-to-the-home projects.

“Many of these priorities are still relevant today, which speaks volumes about the sustainability of Ardel’s vision for our cooperative”, said Cassidy Hjelmstad, CEO/CEO of SRT.

During his more than two decades on the board, Rice has served on several subcommittees. He is currently a member of SRT’s Strategic Planning, Building, Board Retirement, Board Policy and Compensation Committees.

“Whether he is running his farming business, raising a family with his wife, or supporting his community, Ardel has been a man of exceptional character and attitude,” said Allan Engh, fellow director and former chairman of the board. “As his son Jay once told me, ‘He’s a man to look up to.’ SRT is privileged to have Ardel on the board and has benefited immensely from his wisdom and leadership.

Rice and other winners were announced at the Rural Telecommunications Industry Meeting and Expo (RTIME) in February.

“We are very fortunate to be surrounded by such talented and accomplished people in the telecommunications industry, and I am honored to be able to present them with the 2021 Awards of Excellence,” said NTCA Executive Director Shirley Bloomfield. “The winners exemplify the values ​​of dedication, service and innovation in the workplace and in their communities. I would like to congratulate and thank Ardel for its contribution to our industry. »

A retired farmer, Rice resides in Mohall with his wife, Deanna. They have three sons and eight grandchildren.

SRT Communications, headquartered in Minot, is the state’s largest telecommunications cooperative. Founded in 1951, SRT employs nearly 200 people and serves more than 48,000 customers in north central North Dakota. Services include internet, television, telephone, and home and business security/surveillance systems.

NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association represents nearly 850 independent community telecommunications companies.



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