Black Hills Corporation's Wyodak mine received a Governor's Workplace Safety Award in the small mines division at the annual Wyoming Safety and Workforce Summit this week in Cheyenne.

Governor Matt Mead presented the award to Wyodak Mine Manager Jack Clary, who accepted the award on behalf of the company and its 72 employees. Clary said "we take great pride in our safety record and consider zero incidents the only acceptable outcome."

In April, the Wyoming State Mine Inspector commended Wyodak mine employees for their safety record throughout the last four years. Clary attributes the company's safety record to a culture of training, daily reminders and employees who look out for one another.

Wydoak, located near Gillette, is the oldest operating surface coal mine in the U.S.