Skip to main navigation.

Board of Directors, Minutes & Bylaws

From the Board Room

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative was held at its office in Aitkin, Minnesota on February 16, 2018.  All board members were present.

Routine business included the approval of the January minutes and manager and directors’ expense vouchers. Routine reports included team reports, an update on the general manager’s activities since last month, and the accident and mileage report.

Great River Energy and Minnesota Rural Electric Association reports were presented

Presentations were given including:   

  • Annual Distributed Generation Report

MLEC’s 2017 Interconnected Distributed Generation report was and and authorized report of Docket E999/PR-18-10 to Public Utilities Commission.

  • Cost of Service Study Presentation – Consultant Eric Blake, The Prime Group, reviewed the Cost of Service Study recently completed for MLEC. 
  • Year End 2017 Presentation - Financial Reports for the year ending December 31, 2017 were presented by MLEC’s controller. Approved the implementation of a RUS approved revenue deferral plan.

In other action:

  • Approved Work Order Schedule.
  • Approved write-offs for this month.
  • Approved policies 103 and 321.
  • Approved activity reports.
  • Confirmed meetings, including the NRECA Board Education Sessions, GRE Regional Meeting, CoBank Regional Customer Meeting, andn MREA Annual Meeting.
  • The MLEC Annual Meeting will be held at Eddy’s Resort, Onamia, April 19, 2018, Thursday evening.      

Board meeting dates were set for Friday, March 23, 2018, Friday, April 20, 2018 and Friday, May 18, 2018.

Click here for the MLEC Local Democracy Resolution

The Cooperative is divided into seven districts.  Each is represented by one member of that district on the Board of Directors.  Director candidates are solicited from within each district though an open filing process. Directors are elected by those members present at the Annual Meeting and by mail ballot.  They are elected for three-year terms. The Board members set the policies by which the Cooperative operates, and they hire a general manager.  They meet monthly, normally the third Friday.


Barbara Welty

46393 Earle Brown Dr, Garrison MN 56450 - phone: 320-692-4800

District 1 shall be comprised of the City of Onamia and the following Townships in Mille Lacs County:  North Kathio, South Kathio, South Harbor, Onamia, Bradbury, and Dailey, and the following in Crow Wing County:  Roosevelt.


William "Bill" Bernard

27847 Ak Sar Ben Ln, Aitkin MN 56431 - phone: 218-678-3911

District 2 shall be comprised of the following Townships in Crow Wing County:  Rabbit Lake, Deerwood, Bay Lake, Nokay Lake.


Harold Harms

26818 170th St, McGrath MN 56350 - phone: 320-684-9955

District 3 shall be comprised of the City of Garrison and the following Townships in Aitkin County:  Lakeside, Idun, Seavey; and the following in Mille Lacs County; Eastside; and the following in Crow Wing County:  Garrison.

Aileen DeMenge

26205 State Hwy 210, McGregor MN 55760 - phone: 218-768-4900

District 4 shall be comprised of the City of McGregor and the following Townships in Aitkin County:  Jevne, McGregor, Spalding, Davidson, Kimberly, Spencer, Aitkin, Lee, Rice River, and Workman.


Don Appel

34057 Dove St, Aitkin MN 56431 - phone: 218-927-4134

District 5 shall be comprised of the following Townships in Aitkin County:  Nordland, Glen, Jewett, Malmo.

Bruce Robinson

35651 464th Ln, Palisade MN 56469 - phone: 218-851-4760

District 6 shall be comprised of the City of Palisade and the following Townships in Aitkin County:  Verdon, Unorganized T51-R25, White Elk, Bain, Hebron, Libby, Logan, Waukenabo, Esquagamah, Unorganized T48-R27, Morrison, and Fleming; and the following in Crow Wing County:  Ross Lake, Fairfield, Dean Lake.


Michael W Reem

23937 435th Ave, Aitkin MN 56431 - phone: 218-678-2961

District 7 shall be comprised of the following Townships in Aitkin County:  Farm Island, Wealthwood, Hazelton.

Brian Zelenak

PO Box 230, Aitkin MN 56431

phone: 218-927-8224

Click for Legislative Alerts and Updates affecting Electric Coops

Articles and Bylaws of Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative

Get a copy of the MLEC Articles and Bylaws here.

2016 MLEC Financial Information

Powered by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Logo