Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m.; Gates open at 6 p.m.
Stearns Electric Association will host its 84th Annual Meeting Thursday, May 6, at the -Stearns County Fairgrounds in Sauk Centre. The meeting will be a drive-in event beginning at 7 p.m. All member-consumers of Stearns Electric are invited to attend.
Gates open at 6 p.m. and in–person voting begins for members in Cooperative districts 3, 4, 5, and 9.
The first 300 members to arrive will receive one pound of cheese and one pound of butter as a gift from Stearns Electric. All members present at the meeting will be entered into a drawing to win one of 10 door prizes, each valued at $100.
The Stearns Electric Annual Meeting is an opportunity for Cooperative members to meet with Stearns Electric’s Board of Directors and employees, hear reports of past progress and future plans from the Cooperative’s Chief Executive Officer Robin Doege, and vote for open Board of Director positions.
In 2021, Districts 4, 5, and 9 will elect a director to the Cooperative’s Board. Members in District 3 are also voting in a special election to fill a vacancy that was created earlier this year. Members within each of these districts can vote either at the meeting, or electronically, or by mail beforehand. Ballots were mailed to all Stearns Electric Association voting members on record within the voting districts April 14, 2021. Electronic and mail voting closes at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 5.
The following Stearns Electric members have applied to run and have met the qualifications for the Board of Directors as set by the Cooperative’s Bylaws:
District 3 – serving Minnesota townships: Waite Park, St. Cloud, St. Augusta, Lynden, and Fairhaven in Stearns County.
• Christopher (Chris) Bergman
• Michael Cramer
• Loren Estwick
• Thomas (Tom) Keller
• William (Bill) Kemp
• Vijay Puri
• James (Jim) Rasmusson
• Robert (Bob) Stommes
District 4 – serving Minnesota townships: Farming, Zion, Munson, Paynesville, Eden Lake, and Luxemburg in Stearns County.
• Neil Franz
• Randall (Randy) Rothstein, incumbent
District 5 – serving Minnesota townships: Bangor, Glenwood and Grove Lake in Pope County; Raymond, Getty, Grove, North Fork, Lake George, Spring Hill, St. Martin, Crow Lake, Crow River, and Lake Henry in Stearns County; and Roseville in Kandiyohi County.
• Anthony (Tony) Ampe, incumbent
District 9 – serving Minnesota townships: St. Joseph, Wakefield, Rockville, and Maine Prairie in Stearns County.
• Jerome (Jerry) Fries, incumbent
Please visit the Cooperative’s website, www.stearnselectric.org/annual-meeting, for complete details on the 84th Annual Meeting, including biographies and videos for each Board of Director candidate. You can also call Stearns Electric at (800) 962-0655 during regular business hours with questions about the Annual Meeting.
Stearns Electric Association is a member-owned electric cooperative. Since 1937, Stearns Electric Association has provided electricity and related products and services to Central Minnesota. Today, -Stearns Electric Association serves more than 27,000 member-consumers in six Central Minnesota counties including Stearns, Todd, -Morrison, Kandiyohi, Pope, and Douglas. For more information about -Stearns Electric Association, please visit www.stearnselectric.org.