Connexus Energy Annual Meeting and Election Results



April 15, 2022

(Ramsey, MN) — Members of Connexus Energy, Minnesota’s largest electric cooperative, gathered in-person and online yesterday for the cooperative’s Annual Meeting.

Since its founding in 1937 as one of the nation’s first 100 electric cooperatives, Connexus Energy has been governed by a Board of Directors elected by its members. Members cast their vote online and via mailed ballot (proactively provided to each member). Due to Covid-19 safety protocols this year, in-person voting was not an option and in-person attendance was limited to 30 members in the organization’s large community room.

2022 Election Results

In 2022, Board elections were held in District 2 and District 4.

In District 2, Richard Braastad was elected to the board, taking over for retiring board member Peter Wojciechowski. In District 4, Incumbent Kenneth Fiereck was re-elected to the board.

As managed by Survey and Ballot Systems, an independent and nationally expert third-party cooperative election administrator, 10,364 members, or 8.07% of eligible membership, cast their votes. These numbers in line with Board of Directors elections among cooperatives of similar size nationwide. Here is the breakdown of the voting:

District 2

Richard Braastad – 4,525, 44.1%

Shawn Otto – 2,211, 21.6%

Tami Wendt – 3,520, 34.3%

District 4

Kenneth Fiereck – incumbent (by petition) – 5,540, 54.2%

Marty Fisher – 2,147, 21.0%

Michael Olson – 2,539, 24.8%

Recognition of Retiring Board Member Peter Wojciechowski

In addition to recognizing a fifth consecutive year of no rate increase, this year was also special due to the retirement of Board Member Peter Wojciechowski following 45 years of service. Wojciechowski’s service was recognized by Connexus Energy Board Chair Fran Bator and Minnesota Rural Electric Cooperative Executive Director Derrick Moe.

Bator and Moe presented Wojciechowski with plaques recognizing his service. It was noted in that in 45 years of service, Wojciechowski missed only a single Board of Directors meeting.

2022 Annual Review

The 2022 Annual Review and audited financials are available online. Printed copies of the Annual Review were mailed to all Connexus Energy members before the Annual Meeting. In addition, videos of the CEO and CFO’s 2022 performance reports have been posted online.

In lieu of a single guest speaker, Connexus Energy shared a compilation of video messages from five separate Connexus Energy members as well as three regional stakeholder experts — each sharing their aspirations for Connexus Energy’s service in the years ahead.

Connexus Energy is Minnesota’s largest electric cooperative and one of the 15 largest retail electric cooperatives nationwide, serving more than 141,000 meters in parts of eight Minnesota counties north of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.