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Get involved in co-op governance

Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative holds elections each spring for co-op board directors. This year, board positions in co-op districts 1, 2 and 3 will be on the ballot. Members residing in those districts have an opportunity to get involved in co-op decision making by running for a seat on the board. Applications for the 2023 board election are now being accepted from co-op members in districts 1, 2 and 3. The deadline to apply is March 3.

Co-op District 1 includes parts of Osceola, Alden and Garfield townships, and Farmington and Somerset townships. The incumbent director is Cindy Thorman of Osceola.

Co-op District 2 includes part of Osceola Township, and St. Croix Falls, Eureka, Sterling, Laketown and Milltown townships. The incumbent director is Mike Morris of Luck.

Co-op District 3 includes part of Garfield and Alden townships, and Lincoln, Blackbrook, Clear Lake, Vance Creek, Star Prairie, Forest and New Haven townships. The incumbent director is Ed Gullickson of Amery.

As a cooperative, Polk-Burnett is owned by its members and governed by a board of directors elected from its membership. Board directors serve a three-year term and attend monthly meetings to guide policy and budget decisions for Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative.

All co-op members in districts 1, 2 and 3 will have the opportunity to vote in the 2023 Polk-Burnett board election. Ballots will be mailed April 28 and members can vote by mail or online. Election results will be announced at the co-op’s 85th annual meeting June 9.

“Members of Polk-Burnett have the opportunity to make their voices heard and represent their neighbors by taking an active role in cooperative governance,” said Steve Stroshane, general manager. “Democratic member participation is one of the great advantages of a cooperative. I encourage you to consider serving on the co-op board.”

Co-op members interested in running for a board position in districts 1, 2 and 3 may contact the general manager’s office at Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative, 800-421-0283, ext. 313, for an application packet.

Learn more about Polk-Burnett’s board of directors and see a map of co-op districts.