Board & Bylaws

For over 80 years, Connexus Energy has been owned and governed by members like you. The Connexus Energy Board of Directors is elected by the members to provide oversight of the electric cooperative. The board is governed by the cooperative’s bylaws, which are adopted by the membership. They establish rates, set the cooperative’s goals and strategic direction, provide financial oversight, and act as the policy-making body of Connexus Energy.

The cooperative’s director elections take place in conjunction with our annual meeting of the membership which will be held on April 22 in 2021.

  • Director candidate applications were accepted through January 29.
  • A selection committee of independent Connexus Energy members will interview members who have applied to be candidates in mid-February.
  • The selection committee will make their nominations following the interview date.
  • Members will receive voting and candidate information included in their Annual Meeting packet in early April.

Click here for Annual Meeting & Election Information

To contact a director regarding board-related matters, email info.boardofdirectors@connexusenergy.com.

Your Board at work for you, our members

During the past year, your board has been reviewing, discussing, and taking action on many topics to continue to keep our cooperative strong and planning for our future. Below are some of those items. (For further details, the meeting minutes are also available in your member portal.)

  • Program rates, guidelines, and business practices
  • Wholesale power costs
  • Cooperative’s solar and battery storage current production and plans for future
  • Audit of 2019 financial statements, selecting 2020 auditor, approving 2021 financial plan
  • Cash Back allocation to members (capital credits)
  • The Connexus Energy Foundation
  • Governance self-assessment process
  • Reports on a wide range of cooperative items:
    • J.D. Power Electric Residential Customer Satisfaction Study
    • Safety, power reliability, and service quality
    • Identity theft protection program
    • Cyber security testing results
    • Insurance summaries on property, liability, vehicle, cyber
    • Employee benefit programs


Current Board of Directors

District 1

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Michael Cady, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer

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Mark Ethen, Vice Chair

District 2

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Donald Holl, Director

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Peter Wojciechowski, Director

District 3

District_3_Fran_Bator_Secrectary/Treasurer

Fran Bator, Chair

District_3_Shelly_Peterson_Director

Shelly Peterson, Director

District 4

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Kenneth Fiereck, Director

District_4_Gordon_Westerlind_Assistant_Secretary/Treasurer

Gordon Westerlind, Secretary/Treasurer


Director District Map

The Connexus Energy service territory is divided into four director districts, with two director seats in each district. The district bylaws are designed as stipulated in the cooperative’s bylaws (Article III, Section 2(a), page 5).

Director District Map


Board Meetings

NOTICE: Due to COVID19, at this time, Board meetings will be open to directors, essential management, and legal counsel only.

The 2021 regular and special meetings of the Connexus Energy Board of Directors will be held on the following days, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at Connexus Energy, unless otherwise noted, as of January 4, 2021:

  • January 21
  • February 18
  • March 26
  • April 22 (Board Reorganizational meeting following Annual Meeting)
  • May 20
  • June 17 (12:30 p.m. start time)
  • July 22
  • August 19
  • September 16
  • October 21
  • November 18
  • December 7 (Executive Session-Proprietary)
  • December 16

Meeting dates are subject to change by the Board of Directors, based on scheduling circumstances.

We ask that members interested in attending a Board meeting contact the office of the President/CEO at 763.323.2721 at least one week prior to the meeting, for potential scheduling changes and seating coordination. (Board Policy 1-16) Minnesota Statute 308A.327 specifies several categories by which cooperative boards may close a meeting or portion of a meeting. Connexus Energy’s discussions regarding power supply directly affect the cooperative’s competitive or financial position, involving one or more business opportunities, and require consideration of the proprietary information from prospective partners. Board meeting information is available by logging in to your Connexus Energy account, and viewing your User Profile.

Members who wish to present an agenda item regarding cooperative business shall complete and submit a request form at least two weeks prior to the meeting for consideration of the Board Executive Committee. Email the completed request form to info.boardofdirectors@connexusenergy.com. If approved, members will be notified of their agenda time prior to the meeting date. Any written or demonstrative materials for the meeting must be submitted two days prior to the meeting.


Bylaws

The Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of Connexus Energy provide the framework for governance and conducting business, with information on membership, board of directors elections, Cash Back, and more.

Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws