Approximately 82 members attended the Mabel Community Center on April 12 for MiEnergy Cooperative's annual meeting. The event was also livestreamed through YouTube.
The seventh annual meeting marked the director elections for members living in district one and a handful of bylaws amendments on the ballot for all members. A total of 3,003 ballots were cast (2,558 by mail, 444 electronically and 1 onsite).
District 1 had two seats up for re-election. Incumbents Dennis Ptacek and Jeffrey Redalen both ran unopposed after the cooperative received no additional director applications for the member-led Nominating Committee to review. They will serve a three-year term representing members in the Minnesota townships of Beaver, Bennington, Bloomfield, Carimona, Carrolton, Chatfield, Elmira, Fillmore, Forestville, Fountain, Frankford, Fremont, Jordan, Le Roy, Pilot Mound, Racine, Saratoga, Spring Valley, Sumner and York, and the Iowa townships of Afton, Chester, Douglas, East Lincoln, Howard, Jamestown, Jenkins, Oakdale, Saratoga and Wayne.
Ninety-one percent of votes cast approved the bylaw amendments. The basis for the amendments was to update outdated language related to the cooperative’s merger in 2017 and to update the document to coincide with the co-op’s current business practices. The results were certified by independent election vendor Survey and Ballot Systems and Dennis Puckett from Sullivan & Ward
Board Treasurer Don Petersen reported that the cooperative remained in good financial condition and met all the financial requirements of its lenders. The financials were audited by Eide Bailly which gave the cooperative a favorable report.