Three incumbent directors were re-elected to the Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric board Tuesday during the co-op’s 83rd annual meeting at its headquarters in Owatonna.
Re-elected to three-year terms were District 2 Director Geraldine G. Lienke, Janesville; District 4 Director Dennis C. Ringhofer, Owatonna; and District 6 Director Gary W. Wilson, Owatonna.
Steele-Waseca’s 2018 Youth Tour delegate, Malloree McCarthy of Minnesota Lake, shared her experiences in Washington, D.C., to the 766 members and guests in attendance. The co-op’s 2019 Youth Tour delegates, Dawson Drentlaw of Faribault, and Leah Transburg of Northfield, were recognized as they travel with Minnesota’s Youth Tour delegation to Washington, D.C., June 15-20.
SWCE General Manager Syd Briggs updated the membership on the business of the coop during the past year with the recovery from storms during September 2018 and April 2019. Briggs highlighted the success of POWRE, the co-op’s distributed generation rebate program introduced during June 2018 for residential members seeking to install renewable energy systems at their service location. Also highlighted were the enhanced rebates for air source heat pumps through June 30 this year, and attendance during the past year at the co-op’s town hall meetings.
At the conclusion of the annual meeting, the co-op’s board of directors met held their reorganizational meeting. Officers re-elected were Gary Wilson, president; John R. Beal of Faribault, vice president; Renee J. Malecha of Dundas, secretary/treasurer; Ronald D. Sommers of Northfield, assistant secretary/treasurer; and Duane R. Edwardson of Ellendale, chaplain.