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Financial magazine Forbes recently listed Rapid City-based energy utility Black Hills Corporation among America's Best Midsize Employers for 2016.

Forbes chose the top 250 from more than 1,900 midsize companies, as part of its Best Employers of 2016 survey, according to a news release.

The rankings are based on responses from 30,000 American employees. Questions included asking how likely employees would be to recommend their employer to a friend or family member.

Black Hills Corporation, the only South Dakota-based company on the list, was ranked 245th out of the top 250 companies. Topping the list is Freeport, Maine, clothing company L.L. Bean.

Linn Evans, Black Hills Corporation president and chief operating officer, said employee responses to anonymous emails sent out by statistics portal Statista helped the company make Forbes’ top echelon ranking among midsize companies, those with between 1,000 and 5,000 employees.

“If more than 100 employees responded then we were at least considered,” Evans said. “So it was actually our employee’s perspective about the company that got us on the list.”

Evans said the company’s internal recognition of employee performance and emphasis on customer satisfaction and employee safety also contributed to the favorable ranking.

“We get to live in a small town and do a lot of big-city work,” he said. “It’s an accolade for the community as well.”

The full list is available at

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