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 is held in March or April each year. Watch for details at the end of each calendar year for dates and deadlines for the following year’s election. If you are interested in knowing more, see the candidate information pamphlet from our last election. Or you may contact our executive office at 763-323-2721.

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

Your Board at work for you, our members

In the last several months of 2020, 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
  • Cash Back allocation to members (capital credits)
  • The Connexus Energy Foundation
  • Governance self-assessment review
  • Annual 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, Director

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Mark Ethen, Vice Chair

District 2

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Donald Holl, Director

District_2_Peter_Wojciechowski_Board_Chair

Peter Wojciechowski, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer

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 2020 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 1, 2020:

  • Friday, January 17
  • Thursday, February 20
  • Thursday, March 19
  • April 10, 2020 – Special Board Meeting (Executive Session – Proprietary)
  • Thursday, May 21
  • Thursday, June 18
  • Thursday, July 23
  • Thursday, August 20
  • Friday, September 18
  • Thursday, October 15
  • Thursday, November 19
  • Tuesday, December 8 (Executive Session)
  • Thursday, December 17

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)
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