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Annual Meeting & Director Election

Since our founding in 1937, Connexus Energy has been governed by a Board of Directors elected by our members. They represent you on the board, which is responsible for establishing rates, setting the cooperative’s goals and strategic direction, providing financial oversight, and acting as the policy-making body of Connexus Energy.

Connexus Energy’s 87th Annual Meeting
Thursday, April 18, 2024
Connexus Energy Community Room

Registration opens: 3:30 p.m.
Business meeting: 4:00 p.m.

2024 Election Results

Mark Ethen

Mark Ethen - Incumbent
District 1
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Sam Villella

Sam Villella
District 1
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Fran Bator

Fran Bator - Incumbent
District 3
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Angie Ronayne

Angie Ronayne
District 4
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Survey & Ballot Systems is an independent tabulation firm that mailed, received and tabulated the 2024 ballots. At our Annual Meeting on April 18, the results of the Board of Directors’ election were as follows:

District 1

Abel Ebane: 4,167 votes / 44.2%

*Mark Ethen: 7,192 votes / 76.3%

Sam Villella: 4,320 votes / 45.8%

District 3

*Fran Bator: 8,513 votes / 100%

District 4

Angie Ronayne: 8,625 votes / 100%


Total ballots cast were 9,546 or 7.2% of eligible membership.

Videos from the Annual Meeting

Annual meeting highlights

  • Cooperative business reports
  • Special report on Cooperative Principle #7, “Concern for Community”
  • Director election voting & bylaw results
  • Member Q&A
  • Drawing winners for prize baskets and scholarships

NEW! Drawing for 4 - $1,000 scholarships

Update on 4/18/24

The following names were drawn: Zach Davis, Brandon Forsyth, Katherine James and Justin Kroeze.

Eligibility for scholarship drawing at the annual meeting

  • Must be a Connexus Energy member or child/dependent of a Connexus Energy member.
  • Must be registering for the 2024-2025 academic year at an accredited college/university/technical institute.
  • Must achieve a GPA of 2.5 or greater.

Additional rules for scholarship drawing

  • Member and eligible child/dependent must be present (in person) to enter and win.
  • Enter all eligible children/dependents, but only one scholarship can be awarded per member account.
  • No more than two scholarships can be awarded to eligible children/dependents of Connexus employees.
  • Scholarship dollars are distributed to the institution upon submittal of a transcript or proof of achieving a GPA of 2.5 or higher to Kim Vredenburg, [email protected], before Dec. 26, 2024. Please include student number or other necessary identifying information.

Prize drawings for voting

Update on 4/18/24

The following members will receive a $50 bill credit: William Connell, Alan Buttler, Carolyn Scott and Matt Spencer.

The following members won a prize basket: Jeffrey Severson (Spring Planting Basket), Adam Klinkhammer (Get Grilling Basket) and Barry Patrick (Sweet Surprise Basket).  

Members who have voted are automatically entered to win:

  • Weekly drawing for a $50 bill credit (March 28 - April 18)
  • Drawing at the annual meeting for prize baskets
  • Spring Planting Basket with Craftsman electric pruning shears
  • Get Grilling Basket with Weber Lumin electric grill
  • Sweet Surprise Basket with Solarwise™ Honey

Ways to vote and deadlines

Ballots are mailed and election website opens March 28. Choose one voting option.


  • NEW! Log into your Connexus account
  • Scan the QR code on your ballot envelope
  • Visit


  • Mail your completed ballot in the provided envelopes

In person

  • During Annual Meeting registration from 3:30-4 p.m.

Voting deadlines

  • Online voting closes on April 18 at 10:15 a.m.
  • Mailed ballots must arrive by April 18 to be counted

2023 Highlights

2023 election results

Members of Connexus Energy gathered online and in-person at the cooperative's Ramsey headquarters April 20, 2023, for the annual meeting.

Three Board of Director seats were on the 2023 ballot. Each seat is a three-year term, and all members may vote for all director districts. This year’s seats were located in director districts 1, 2, and 3.

Survey & Ballot Systems, an independent tabulation firm, mailed, received, and tabulated the ballots. Here are the results:

District 1 District 2 District 3
Michael_Cady Mike Thews Shelly Peterson
Michael Cady
Michael (Mike) Thews Shelly Peterson


Immediately following the Annual Meeting, the 2023 directors held an organizational meeting to elect the officers for the Board of Directors. Here are those results:

  • Chair – Fran Bator
  • Vice Chair – Mark Ethen
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Shelly Peterson
  • Assistant Secretary/Treasurer – Michael Cady

If you'd like to learn more, please view our Frequently Asked Questions sheet for additional information on the election process.

2023 Annual Meeting

Members of Connexus Energy gathered online and in-person at the cooperative’s Ramsey headquarters April 20, 2023, for the annual meeting.

The 2022 Annual Review and 2022 Financial Statements are available on our website. Videos of the CEO, CFO, and Board Chair’s 2022 business reports are posted below, along with our Top 5 of 2022 video. Please watch all of them!

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