Harris M. Baukol, his brothers and L.L. Monson form Baukol-Noonan Lignite, Inc. and Noonan Holding Company.
Baukol-Noonan, Inc. is incorporated, selling all its capital stock to North Dakotans.
Operating as Baukol-Noonan, Inc., the company begins mining near Noonan, N.D.
Baukol-Noonan acquires coal leases covering 15,000 acres near Center, N.D., from Minnkota Power Cooperative, a Grand Forks supplier of electricity to 13 rural electric cooperatives in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.
Supplying Young Station
Mining begins at the Center mine, supplying about 1.5 million tons of lignite a year to Minnkota Power's Milton R. Young Station.
The Center mine production increases more than twofold to fuel a second generating unit at the Young Station, the Square Butte unit, which supplies electricity to Minnkota Power and Minnesota Power Company, a northern Minnesota electric utility with headquarters in Duluth.
3.4 Million Tons
The Center mine delivers 3.4 million tons of lignite to the Young Station. Mining ceases at the Noonan mine.
Purchased and Renamed
Baukol-Noonan purchased by Minnesota Power continues as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Duluth based firm, changing its name to BNI Coal, Ltd. and relocating its headquarters to Bismarck, N.D.
BNI Coal produces a record 4.3 million tons of lignite for the Young Station whose two generating units are commended for having the second lowest production cost of 798 coal, nuclear, oil or gas fueled U.S. power plants.
Another Record Year
BNI sets another production record of 4.528 million tons of lignite coal.
And Yet Again
As a final accomplishment of the twentieth century, BNI breaks it's 1996 production record.
100 Million Tons
BNI sells 100 millionth ton from Center Mine in October.
BNI sets yet another production record of 4.599 million tons of lignite coal.
BNI commissions a new Bucyrus 8200 dragline.
Conservation Achievement Award
BNI was given the ND Soil Conservation Achievement Award for Oliver County.
Distinguished Service Award
BNI employees receive Distinguished Service Award for their North Dakota Hospitality, Cooperation and Commitment to Excellence in growing ALLETE’s Renewable Energy Strategy. BNI’s parent company launches Bison Wind Farm near New Salem, ND.
BNI recognized as a Patriotic Employer by the national committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and for supporting employee participation in the National Guard and Army Reserve Force.
BNI hires 30 new employees in one year.
Construction of a new shop and wash bay were completed at the Center Mine.
BNI establishes a truck/shovel fleet operation.
First Electronic Permit
BNI submits it’s first electronic format permit to the public service commission for the addition of the new mining AREA C.
Public Service Commission Award
BNI Receives ND Public Service Commission award for going beyond regulations in the reclamation process.
BNI receives Safety Award for achieving lower than industry’s average accident rate.
The Coal Supply Agreement with Minnkota Power Cooperative and Square Butte Electric Cooperative was extended through 2037.
New Mining Area
New mining Area C (an additional 8,500 acres) was approved by the Public Service Commission and work began to prepare area for active mining.
BNI Coal receives award for employee participation in community service involvement with Sporting Chance.
Inventory Warehouse at the Center Mine completes remodel.
BNI Coal employees receive recognition from Missouri Slope Areawide United Way for donations putting them in the top 20 corporate givers for the second consecutive year.
On The Move
BNI moves two draglines (using Mammoet Company) to Area C and mining begins.
Center Mine facilities expansion and remodel are completed.
BNI Gear Store
BNI Gear Store opens at the Mine offering quality BNI logo merchandise.
BNI completed the 757 dragline new tub project, replacing the 40 year old tub with a tub 62 feet across and weighing around one million pounds.
Public Service Commission recognizes BNI Coal with the North Dakota Award for Excellence in Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation for the work of Reclaiming an Inert Waste Disposal Facility at the Center Mine.
4.65 Million Tons Delivered
BNI delivers record number of tons: 4.65 million tons in 2017.
Mass Text Communications
BNI’s Safety Improvement Team advances safety procedures with communications by Mass Text.
BNI celebrates 1000 days with no Lost Time Accidents.
Major Donation for Engineering Education
BNI Energy donated $25,000 toward the new home of University of Mary’s School of Engineering.
50 Years of Mining
BNI Coal celebrates 50 years of mining coal at the Center, ND mine.
BNI donates $20,000 to the Bismarck Cancer Center expansion project, and another $20,000 over four-years to the City of Center Park Board Pool Project.
Mike Heger Promoted
Mike Heger promoted to general manager at BNI.
BNI Coal commissions new Legacy 757 dragline.
BNI donates $25,000 over five years to the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library.
Mining Plans Approved
ND Senator John Hoeven assists BNI in securing the U.S. Department of Interior’s approval of the Center Mine’s Section 20 mine plan.
BNI Coal receives Lignite Energy Council – 2022 Safety Excellence Award.