On June 27, 2005, the board of directors of Northern Plains Electric Cooperative and Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative announced that the two cooperatives reached an agreement to create a management alliance. Effective September 1, 2005, the cooperatives came under a joint management agreement.
In September 2005, the alliance hired Jay Jacobson of Milnor, who was previously manager of Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative, to manage the two electric cooperatives, which cover territory from the very southeast tip of North Dakota, west to Ashley, then north to the Canadian border.
After his retirement in 2014, the cooperatives hired Bruce Garber as the general manager. Garber, the former Chief Financial Officer for the co-ops, works out of the Cando office.