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Dakota Electric Association recently awarded Jamie Elvestad, Farmington, the Township Leader of the Year award. Each year, Dakota Electric seeks to recognize outstanding leadership with the award, and Dakota Electric Director Jerry Pittman attended a recent Dakota County Township Officers Association meeting to present the award to Elvestad.

Elvestad has been an Empire Township Supervisor since 2004. He has served the local community in many ways, including serving on the planning commission since the early 1990s, spearheading the Empire ballfields; helping to get the maintenance building constructed and upgrading 170th Street.

Terry Holmes, chair of the Township board, said Elvestad is very conscientious and helpful in his work for the township. Elvestad is up very early in the winter checking on road conditions to see what needs plowing.

“Jamie is here for the citizens of Empire Township. He has their interests in mind,” Holmes said.  

“I was surprised by the award,” said Elvestad, who is a self-employed carpenter. “I was happy to receive it, but didn’t expect it. I don’t do any of it for recognition.”

“People who serve the local townships are very dedicated to their communities,” Peggy Johnson, Dakota Electric’s community relations director, said. “As a member-owned cooperative, Dakota Electric is pleased to help recognize people like Jamie who do outstanding work.”