Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Following the merger of Tri-County Electric Cooperative and Hawkeye REC on January 1, 2017, MiEnergy Cooperative is managed by a board of 14 directors that represented the two cooperatives. Each director represents a geographical area of the cooperative’s service territory called a district. MiEnergy has five districts. Approximately one-third of the directors are elected at each annual meeting.

In 2016, members approved the plan of merger, which created a cooperative transition period with no elections in 2017, 2018 or 2019 and that allows the board to reduce the number of directors through resignations, retirements and other means deemed appropriate. However, the board shall consist of at least nine directors and no more than 14.  The next director elections will be held in 2020 (district 1), 2021 (districts 2 & 3) and 2022 (districts 4 & 5).

Being elected to the board is a paid position that comes with responsibilities. Contact Heather Larson (800-432-2285 or for board policies.

To contact any member of the board, please call 1-800-432-2285 or email the individual director(s) at the email address listed at the bottom of the page.


Monthly Board Meetings

Members can address the board at its monthly meeting during its regular agenda item reserved for member comments. Members must contact Heather Larson (800-432-2285 or prior to the meeting to confirm the date, location and to receive an estimated time for the member comment period.

Schedule of Meeting Dates

*Subject to change*


January 31 – Rushford
February 27 – Cresco
March 27 – Rushford
April 23 – Mabel, annual meeting
April 24 – Cresco
May 29 – Rushford​​​​​​​
June 26 – Cresco​​​​​​​
July 24 – Rushford​​​​​​​
August 28 – Cresco​​​​​​​
September 26 – Rushford​​​​​​​
October 30 – Cresco​​​​​​​
November 27 – Rushford​​​​​​​
December 23 - Cresco​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Board Meeting Summaries

Meeting summaries are published every month in MiNews. Back issues of the publication are available online.

Annual Meeting Elections

As a member-owned cooperative, annual meetings provide an opportunity for members to hear reports from officers and directors, receive a financial update, ask questions and learn the results of director elections.

Director elections begin with the co-op asking for members to volunteer to serve on the Nominating Committee or to seek election to the board of directors. Announcements for both of these opportunities, along with how to apply, are in the November and/or December MiNews prior to the spring elections.

Members may seek election to the board of directors in the district he/she resides through the Nominating Committee or by petition nominations.

Survey & Ballot Systems, an independent firm, conducts the elections voting and mails a ballot and voting instructions to every member. The next director elections are in 2020.

Specific details about the election process are provided in the co-op’s bylaws. Members with questions are encouraged to contact Heather Larson at 800-432-2285 or

District Map  |  Annual Report  |  Articles of Incorporation  |  Bylaws

Board of Directors

Dennis Ptacek

District: 1
Elected: 1996
Address: Elma, IA
• MiEnergy board secretary.
• Represents MiEnergy on the MSG and MiBroadband board of directors

Jeff Redalen

District: 1
Elected: 2002
Address: Fountain, Minn.

Dean Nierling

District: 2
Elected: 1999
Address: Decorah, IA
• MiEnergy board chair

Ron Stevens

District: 2
Elected: 2007
Address: Preston, Minn.
• MiEnergy board vice-chair.
• Represents MiEnergy on the MSG and MiBroadband boards.
​​​​​​​• Represents MiEnergy on the Minnesota Rural Electric Association board.

Don Petersen

District: 3
Elected: 2011
Address: Hokah, Minn.
• MiEnergy board treasurer

Dennis Young

District: 3
Elected: 2004
Address: Decorah, IA

Skip Wieser

District: 3
Elected: 2013
Address: La Crescent, Minn.

Dean Fisher

District: 4
Elected: 1991
Address: Lawler, IA

Charles Frana

District: 4
Elected: 2003
Address: Calmar, IA

Carl Reicks

District: 4
Elected: 2010
Address: New Hampton, IA

Beth Olson

District: 5
Elected: 2012
Address: Lewiston, Minn.

Jenny Scharmer

District: 5
Elected: 2006
Address: Winona, Minn.
• Represents MiEnergy as a board director at Dairyland Power Cooperative