Following the merger of Tri-County Electric Cooperative and Hawkeye REC on January 1, 2017, MiEnergy Cooperative was managed by a board of 14 directors that represented the two cooperatives. Each director represents a geographical area of the cooperative’s service territory called a district. MiEnergy has five districts. Approximately one-third of the directors are elected at each annual meeting.
In 2016, members approved the plan of merger, which created a cooperative transition period with no elections in 2017, 2018 or 2019 and that allows the board to reduce the number of directors through resignations, retirements and other means deemed appropriate. However, the board shall consist of at least nine directors and no more than 14. The next director elections will be held in 2021 (districts 2 & 3) and 2022 (districts 4 & 5).
During the fall of 2019 when one directer retired and another resigned, the board chose to not fill their seats, reducing the board to its current 12 directors.
Being elected to the board is a paid position that comes with responsibilities. Contact Heather Larson (800-432-2285 or hlarson@MiEnergy.coop) for board policies.
To contact any member of the board, please call 1-800-432-2285 or email the individual director(s) at the email addresses listed.
Members can address the board at its monthly meeting during its regular agenda item reserved for member comments. Members must contact Heather Larson (800-432-2285 or hlarson@MiEnergy.coop) prior to the meeting to confirm the date, location and to receive an estimated time for the member comment period.
Schedule of Meeting Dates
*Subject to change*
Feb. 25, Cresco
Mar. 31, Rushford
April 29, Cresco
May. 27, Rushford
June 29, Cresco
July 29, Rushford
Aug. 31, Cresco
Sept. 30, Rushford
Oct. 28, Cresco
Nov. 30, Rushford
Dec. 29, Cresco
Board Meeting Summaries
Meeting summaries are published every month in MiNews. Back issues of the publication are available online.
Annual Meeting Elections
As a member-owned cooperative, annual meetings provide an opportunity for members to hear reports from officers and directors, receive a financial update, ask questions and learn the results of director elections.
Director elections begin with the co-op asking for members to volunteer to serve on the Nominating Committee or to seek election to the board of directors. Announcements for both of these opportunities, along with how to apply, are in the November and/or December MiNews prior to the spring elections.
Members may seek election to the board of directors in the district he/she resides through the Nominating Committee or by petition nominations.
Survey & Ballot Systems, an independent firm, conducts the elections voting and mails a ballot and voting instructions to every member. The next director elections are in 2021.
District 1 townships: Arendahl, Beaver, Bennington, Bloomfield, Bristol, Carimona, Carrolton, Chatfield, Elmira, Fillmore, Forestville, Fountain, Frankford, Fremont, Holt, Jordan, Le Roy, Pilot Mound, Racine, Saratoga, Spring Valley, Sumner and York in Minnesota. Afton, Chester, Douglas, East Lincoln, Forest City, Howard, Howard Center, Jamestown, Jenkins, Oakdale, Paris, Saratoga and Wayne in Iowa.
District 2 townships: Amherst, Canton, Harmony, Houston, Money Creek, Norway, Preble, Preston, Rushford, in Minnesota. Albion, Burr Oak, Fremont, Orleans and Vernon Springs in Iowa.
District 3 townships: Black Hammer, Brownsville, Caledonia, Crooked Creek, Dresbach, Hokah, Jefferson, La Crescent, Mayville, Mound Prairie, New Hartford, Newburg, Richmond, Sheldon, Spring Grove, Union, Wilmington, Winnebago and Yucatan in Minnesota. Glenwood, Hanover, Hesper, Highland, Iowa, Pleasant, Union City, Union Prairie and Waterloo in Iowa.
District 4 townships: Auburn, Bloomfield, Bluffton, Calmar, Canoe, Chickasaw, Dayton, Decorah, Deerfield, Eden, Frankville, Jackson, Jacksonville, Lincoln, Ludlow, Madison, Military, New Hampton, New Oregon, Springfield, Stapleton, Sumner, Utica and Washington in Iowa.
District 5 townships: Dover, Elba, Hart, Hillsdale, Homer, Mount Vernon, Norton, Pleasant Hill, Quincy, Rollingstone, St. Charles, Utica, Warren, Whitewater, Wilson, Winona and Wiscoy in Minnesota.
Board of Directors
Address: Elma, IA
• MiEnergy board secretary; Represents MiEnergy on the MSG and MiBroadband board of directors
Address: Fountain, Minn.
Address: Decorah, IA
• MiEnergy board chair
Address: Preston, Minn.
• MiEnergy board vice-chair.
• Represents MiEnergy on the MSG and MiBroadband boards.
• Represents MiEnergy on the Minnesota Rural Electric Association board.
Address: Hokah, Minn.
• MiEnergy board treasurer
Address: Decorah, IA
Address: La Crescent, Minn.
Address: Lawler, IA
Address: Calmar, IA
Address: New Hampton, IA
Address: Lewiston, Minn.
Address: Winona, Minn.