Annual Meeting

Be informed about your Cooperative and have your voice be heard!

As a member-owned Cooperative, Annual Meetings provide an opportunity for members to hear reports from officers and directors, receive a financial update, ask questions and learn the results of the director elections.

Survey & Ballot Systems, an independent firm, conducts the election voting and will mail a ballot to Stearns Electric members in each voting district at least two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting. Members can vote ahead of the Annual Meeting by mail or online. Voting instructions will be included with your ballot. Members can also vote in-person at the Annual Meeting.

Any member in good standing may seek election for the Board of Directors in the district in which he/she resides. Interested candidates need to fill out an Application for Director within the nominations window and submit it to the Secretary prior to the election. The deadline for board candidates is typically mid-January, prior to the spring elections.


At the 85th Annual Meeting, held on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at the Melrose Area High School Auditorium in Melrose, Minnesota. Bob Niehaus was elected to the Board in District 6. Additionally, Arlyn Lawrenz, District 2, and Michael Cramer, District 3, were re-elected to the Board by the members in their respective districts. They will all serve three-year terms.

Jeff Koehler was elected to the Board in the Special Election in District 5. He will serve a two-year term after a vacancy late last year.

View the final election results on our blog post.


View the 2021 Annual Report

View the 2020 Annual Meeting Minutes