Annual Meeting and Elections

Dakota Electric Association is democratically controlled by elected members who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. We depend on the guidance and perspective of our board to help set priorities for the co-op and guide governance decisions.

Annual Meeting

As member-owners, all Dakota Electric members are invited to attend and ask questions at the cooperative’s annual meeting, typically held in the month of April. Annual Meetings provide members with information about the cooperative’s growth, financial health, board election and programs available to members.

Director Elections

Every year, Dakota Electric Association holds an election for the board of directors, wherein one director position per district is up for election. Dakota Electric encourages all members to vote and have a voice in the annual election.

Survey & Ballot Systems, an independent firm, conducts the election voting and will mail a ballot to every Dakota Electric member two weeks prior to the annual meeting. Members can easily vote by mail or online. Voting instructions are included in the ballot.

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Please contact Dakota Electric's executive assistant, Melissa Cherney, for any board-related inquiries.
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A nominating committee is responsible for determining the candidates for the board election. The committee is comprised of two members, and up to two alternate members, from each director district.

Each year, Dakota Electric seeks member participation for the nominating committee, a process that begins in November with a deadline in early December. Any members wishing to serve on the nominating committee must submit their names prior to the December deadline. The nominating committee is chosen via a random name drawing at the December board meeting.

Watch for the notification in the November issue of Circuits.

Any Dakota Electric member in good standing may seek election for the board of directors in the district in which they reside. Qualified and eligible members must submit their candidate application by the deadline in early December. Completed applications are reviewed for eligibility and sent to the nominating committee for next steps.

Look for more information in the November issue of Circuits or check back here for updates as the election process begins.

Districts

Districts are ordered from left to right (1-4) and contain approximately the same amount of members.

Boundaries

Western Boundary

District One’s western border aligns with the western edge of the service territory.

Eastern Boundary

The boundary between District One and District Two starts on the north edge of Dakota Electric’s service area at Hwy. 13 (Old Sibley Memorial Hwy.) and 12th Ave.; then south on 12th Ave. 0.2 of a mile to Parkwood Dr.; then south on Parkwood Dr. 0.6 of a mile to Burnsville Pkwy.; then east on Burnsville Pkwy. 0.7 of a mile to county state aid highway (CSAH) 11; then south on CSAH 11 1.1 miles to Hwy. 35E; then southwest on Hwy. 35E 0.6 of a mile to CSAH 11 and CSAH 38 (McAndrews Rd.); then south on CSAH 11 1.1 miles to CSAH 42 and LacLavon Dr.; then south on LacLavon Dr. 1.5 miles to CSAH 46 (162nd St. W.); then west on CSAH 46 0.4 of a mile to Ipava Ave.; then south on Ipava Ave. 0.3 of a mile to 165th St. W.; then east on 165th St. 1.3 miles to Highview Ave.; then south on Highview Ave. 1.4 miles to CSAH 9 (Dodd Blvd.); then south on Dodd Blvd. 10 miles to CSAH 46 (Pillsbury Ave.); then south on CSAH 46 (Pillsbury Ave.) 1.5 miles to CSAH 86 and Hazelwood Ave.; then south on Hazelwood Ave. (CSAH 46) 4.6 miles to the south edge of the service area.

Western Boundary

The boundary between District One and District Two starts on the north edge of Dakota Electric’s service area at Hwy. 13 (Old Sibley Memorial Hwy.) and 12th Ave.; then south on 12th Ave. 0.2 of a mile to Parkwood Dr.; then south on Parkwood Dr. 0.6 of a mile to Burnsville Pkwy.; then east on Burnsville Pkwy. 0.7 of a mile to county state aid highway (CSAH) 11; then south on CSAH 11 1.1 miles to Hwy. 35E; then southwest on Hwy. 35E 0.6 of a mile to CSAH 11 and CSAH 38 (McAndrews Rd.); then south on CSAH 11 1.1 miles to CSAH 42 and LacLavon Dr.; then south on LacLavon Dr. 1.5 miles to CSAH 46 (162nd St. W.); then west on CSAH 46 0.4 of a mile to Ipava Ave.; then south on Ipava Ave. 0.3 of a mile to 165th St. W.; then east on 165th St. 1.3 miles to Highview Ave.; then south on Highview Ave. 1.4 miles to CSAH 9 (Dodd Blvd.); then south on Dodd Blvd. 10 miles to CSAH 46 (Pillsbury Ave.); then south on CSAH 46 (Pillsbury Ave.) 1.5 miles to CSAH 86 and Hazelwood Ave.; then south on Hazelwood Ave. (CSAH 46) 4.6 miles to the south edge of the service area.

Eastern Boundary

The boundary between District 2 and 3 starts on the north edge of Dakota Electric’s service area at Hwy. 13 and Rahn Rd.; then follows Rahn Rd. south 1.5 miles to Shale Ln.; then west on Shale Ln. 0.5 of a mile to Nichols Rd.; then south on Nichols Rd. 1.3 miles to Hwy. 35E and Hwy. 77 exchange; then south on Hwy. 77 1.4 miles to CSAH 38 (McAndrews Rd.); then east on CSAH 38 (McAndrews Rd.) 0.5 of a mile to Galaxie Ave.; then south on Galaxie Ave. 2.5 miles to 157th St. W.; then east on 157th St. W. 0.6 of a mile to Flagstaff Ave.; then south on Flagstaff Ave. 1.3 miles to 170th St. W.; then east on 170th St. 1 mile to CSAH 31 (Pilot Knob Rd.); then south on CSAH 31 (Pilot Knob Rd.) 2.5 miles to Co. Rd. 64 (195th St. W.); then west on Co. Rd. 64 (195th St. W.) 1 mile to Flagstaff Ave.; then south on Flagstaff Ave. 3 miles to 225th St. W.; then west on 225th St. W. 1 mile to CSAH 23 (Cedar Ave.); then south on CSAH 23 (Cedar Ave.) 2.5 miles to Galaxie Ave.; then south on Galaxie Ave. 3.3 miles to CSAH 86 (280th St. W.); then east on CSAH 86 0.3 of a mile to Foliage Ave.; then south on Foliage Ave. 3 miles to the south edge of the service area.

Western Boundary

The boundary between District 2 and 3 starts on the north edge of Dakota Electric’s service area at Hwy. 13 and Rahn Rd.; then follows Rahn Rd. south 1.5 miles to Shale Ln.; then west on Shale Ln. 0.5 of a mile to Nichols Rd.; then south on Nichols Rd. 1.3 miles to Hwy. 35E and Hwy. 77 exchange; then south on Hwy. 77 1.4 miles to CSAH 38 (McAndrews Rd.); then east on CSAH 38 (McAndrews Rd.) 0.5 of a mile to Galaxie Ave.; then south on Galaxie Ave. 2.5 miles to 157th St. W.; then east on 157th St. W. 0.6 of a mile to Flagstaff Ave.; then south on Flagstaff Ave. 1.3 miles to 170th St. W.; then east on 170th St. 1 mile to CSAH 31 (Pilot Knob Rd.); then south on CSAH 31 (Pilot Knob Rd.) 2.5 miles to Co. Rd. 64 (195th St. W.); then west on Co. Rd. 64 (195th St. W.) 1 mile to Flagstaff Ave.; then south on Flagstaff Ave. 3 miles to 225th St. W.; then west on 225th St. W. 1 mile to CSAH 23 (Cedar Ave.); then south on CSAH 23 (Cedar Ave.) 2.5 miles to Galaxie Ave.; then south on Galaxie Ave. 3.3 miles to CSAH 86 (280th St. W.); then east on CSAH 86 0.3 of a mile to Foliage Ave.; then south on Foliage Ave. 3 miles to the south edge of the service area.

Eastern Boundary

The boundary between District 3 and 4 starts on the north edge of Dakota Electric’s service area at CSAH 31 (Pilot Knob Rd.) and CSAH 26 (Lone Oak Rd.); then west on Lone Oak Rd. 0.3 of a mile then south 0.3 mile; then east 0.3 mile to Pilot Knob Rd.; then south on Pilot Knob Rd. (CSAH 31) 0.9 of a mile to Hwy. 35E; then south on Hwy. 35E 2.3 miles to CSAH 30 (Diffley Rd.); then east on Diffley Rd. 0.3 of a mile to Johnny Cake Ridge Rd.; then south on Johnny Cake Ridge Rd. 1.3 miles to CSAH 32 (Cliff Rd.); then east on Cliff Rd. 1 mile to CSAH 31 (Pilot Knob Rd.); then south on CSAH 31 (Pilot Knob Rd.) 2 miles to CSAH 33 (Diamond Path W.); then south on CSAH 33 (Diamond Path W.) 3.3 miles to CSAH (160th St. W.); continue south on alignment with Diamond Path 1 mile to Co. Rd. 58 (170th St. W.); then east on 170th St. W. 2 miles to Biscayne Ave.; then south on Biscayne Ave. 3.2 miles to CSAH 66 (Vermillion River Trl.); then east on CSAH 66 3.2 miles to Co. Rd. 79 (Blaine Ave.); then south on Co. Rd. 79 (Blaine Ave.) 8 miles to CSAH 86 (280th St. W.); then west on CSAH 86 (280th St. W.) 4 miles to Hwy. 3; then south on Hwy. 3 3.5 miles to south edge of Dakota Electric’s service area.

Western Boundary

The boundary between District 3 and 4 starts on the north edge of Dakota Electric’s service area at CSAH 31 (Pilot Knob Rd.) and CSAH 26 (Lone Oak Rd.); then west on Lone Oak Rd. 0.3 of a mile then south 0.3 mile; then east 0.3 mile to Pilot Knob Rd.; then south on Pilot Knob Rd. (CSAH 31) 0.9 of a mile to Hwy. 35E; then south on Hwy. 35E 2.3 miles to CSAH 30 (Diffley Rd.); then east on Diffley Rd. 0.3 of a mile to Johnny Cake Ridge Rd.; then south on Johnny Cake Ridge Rd. 1.3 miles to CSAH 32 (Cliff Rd.); then east on Cliff Rd. 1 mile to CSAH 31 (Pilot Knob Rd.); then south on CSAH 31 (Pilot Knob Rd.) 2 miles to CSAH 33 (Diamond Path W.); then south on CSAH 33 (Diamond Path W.) 3.3 miles to CSAH (160th St. W.); continue south on alignment with Diamond Path 1 mile to Co. Rd. 58 (170th St. W.); then east on 170th St. W. 2 miles to Biscayne Ave.; then south on Biscayne Ave. 3.2 miles to CSAH 66 (Vermillion River Trl.); then east on CSAH 66 3.2 miles to Co. Rd. 79 (Blaine Ave.); then south on Co. Rd. 79 (Blaine Ave.) 8 miles to CSAH 86 (280th St. W.); then west on CSAH 86 (280th St. W.) 4 miles to Hwy. 3; then south on Hwy. 3 3.5 miles to south edge of Dakota Electric’s service area.

Eastern Boundary

District Four’s eastern border aligns with the eastern edge of the service territory.

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Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws

Dakota Electric’s articles of incorporation and bylaws provide the framework for governing and conducting business at Dakota Electric with information on membership, board of director elections, capital credits and more.
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