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Arrowhead Electric Holding Elections for Three Board Districts This Spring

Arrowhead Electric Coop­erative in Lutsen is governed by a seven-person board of directors elected by the mem­bership. Like all cooperatives, Arrowhead is owned by its members, and the board mem­bers are their representatives.

Arrowhead conducts an an­nual election for board mem­bers to serve three-year terms from defined districts in its coverage area. This year, three seats are up for election: Dis­trict 2, Maple Hill/Colvill; District 4, Rosebush/Devll Track; and District 5, Cascade and Pike Lake.

Donna Lunke in District 2, Mike Littfin in District 4, and Stanley Tull in District 5 are currently serving as directors in the three districts on the bal­lot this year. Lunke and Littfin intend to stand for re-election this year. We were unable to reach Tull before our deadline.

The Arrowhead website of­fers a comprehensive Director Nominee Information Packet to assist potential candidates in understanding an individ­ual director’s and the board’s overall roles.

Candidates must obtain at least 15 signatures of coopera­tive members in their district on a nomination petition, which is also available for download on the website. Candidates must complete all packet materials and petitions and submit them to Arrowhead before April 3.

Each member receives a bal­lot packet and may vote by mail or at the Annual Meet­ing. Regardless of the district where they receive service, members may vote once for the candidate in each of the three districts on the ballot. Wherever you live in the Ar­rowhead service district, you get up to three votes this year.

The votes for directors will be tabulated and announced during the cooperative’s annu­al meeting, scheduled for June 12 this year at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the cooperative’s business and determining its strategic di­rection. Board terms are three years. Last year, only District 1 was up for election. Next year, Districts 3, 6, and 7 will be up for election.

Candidates should know that serving on the Arrow­head Cooperative board re­quires a commitment of one to three days each month. The board usually meets on the last Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. New directors are expect­ed to receive at least ten train­ing days during the first year of board membership. Con­tinuing education is highly en­couraged. The average director spends a few hours a month on “homework,” such as review­ing information, preparing for meetings, or talking with fel­low co-op members.

Directors are paid $500 for regular Board Meetings and $250 per day for all oth­er meetings or training days. Mileage is paid at the current IRS rate. Per diem rates for food on travel/training days and reimbursement of expens­es are also available.

Lunke said, “I want to re­mind people to vote when they receive their ballot in the mail and get it back (to Arrowhead) in the mail as soon as possi­ble.”

Steve Fernlund
Steve Fernlund
Typically these “about me” pages include a list of academic achievements (I have none) and positions held (I have had many, but who really cares about those?) So, in the words of the late Admiral James Stockwell, “Who am I? Why am I here?” I’m well into my seventh decade on this blue planet we call home. I’m a pretty successful husband, father, and grandfather, at least in my humble opinion. My progeny may disagree. We have four children and five grandchildren. I spent most of my professional life in the freight business. At the tender age of 40, early retirement beckoned and we moved to Grand Marais. A year after we got here, we bought and operated the Cook County News Herald, a weekly newspaper in Grand Marais. A sharp learning curve for a dumb freight broker to become a newspaper editor and publisher. By 1999 the News Herald was an acquisition target for a rapidly consolidating media market. We sold our businesses and “retired” again, buying a winter retreat in Nevada. In the fall of 2016, we returned to Grand Marais and bought a house from old friends of ours on the ridge overlooking Lake Superior. They were able to move closer to family and their Mexico winter home. And we came home to what we say is our last house. I’m a strong believer in the value of local newspapers--both online and those you can wrap a fish in. I write a weekly column and a couple of feature stories for the Northshore Journal. I’m most interested in writing about the everyday lives of local people and reporting on issues of importance to them.
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