The following were re-elected to the MGS Board of Directors in 2018. They will serve three-year terms.
At-Large: Mark Doll - New Salem
Morton County: Bonnie Tomac - St. Anthony
Sioux County: Chad Harrison - Fort Yates
See the Annual Report here: (2018)
2018 Mor-Gran-Sou Annual Meeting Summary
Members of Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative, Inc., met at the Pavilion of Prairie Knights Casino and Resort north of Fort Yates on July 20 to conduct their business at the cooperative’s 71st annual meeting. This year’s theme was, “Aligning for the Future.”
The afternoon began with registration from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. CT. Prior to a delicious banquet served at 6 p.m., a solemn prayer was offered by Director Vernard Frederick, a licensed lay minister for the United Church of Christ. Mor-Gran-Sou Board Director Chad Harrison provided a warm welcome to the members.
Chairman Leland “Judge” Barth dropped the gavel at approximately 5:30 p.m. CT and the business meeting was underway. This year, Mor-Gran-Sou members were asked to vote for three board directors: one for the At-Large position, one for the Morton County position, and one for the Sioux County position. The three incumbents retained their positions on the board, including Mark Doll, New Salem; Bonnie Tomac, St. Anthony; and Chad Harrison, Fort Yates. Doll is the At-Large representative, Tomac is the Morton County representative, and Harrison is the Sioux County representative. Mor-Gran-Sou thanks Tim L. Kuntz, Mandan, and Marcie Kahl, Solen, for campaigning to serve their electric cooperative.
The reorganization meeting was held at the board meeting on Aug. 29.
Mor-Gran-Sou was honored to have a number of guests attend the meeting, including Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer. Both briefly addressed the membership. While Senator John Hoeven was unable to attend, he provided a video update.
After the greetings, Co-General Managers/Chief Executive Officers Donald Franklund and Travis Kupper captured this year’s theme in their interesting and informative report to the membership.
Franklund noted electricity makes life easier. “We don’t value electricity; we value what it does for us,” he said. From powering a complex server room to a simple children’s toy, electricity is an integral part in our everyday work and play. Aligning for the future allows Mor-Gran-Sou to better understand the impact we have on the digital world — and its impact on us.
New to the annual meeting this year was a booth manned by some of Mor-Gran-Sou’s linemen, who showed a map of the cooperative’s service area and visited with members about projects in progress this summer. In his report to the membership, Kupper referred to the map and noted the time spent and money invested in maintaining a reliable electric system.
Linda Urlacher, president of the Mor-Gran-Sou Charitable Foundation, Inc., shared what the organization has accomplished in 2018. The foundation oversees the Operation Round Up program, in which Mor-Gran-Sou members can voluntarily choose to round up their monthly utility bills to the next dollar and donate their pennies. The foundation board members, who are also Mor-Gran-Sou members, will meet and disburse funds in the form of grants to non-profit corporations, organizations or agencies in the Mor-Gran-Sou service area.
Dedicated to the development of young leaders in its service area, Mor-Gran-Sou expanded its scholarship program this year, awarding one $500 scholarship to a graduating senior from each of the high schools within its service area. Faculty members from each respective school choose a student to receive these funds. Students recognized at the meeting included Sam Dart from Elgin-New Leipzig Public School; Autumn Bertch from Flasher Public School; Kyle Schulte from Hebron Public School; Katelyn Schmidt from Mandan Public School; Jaret Lennie from New Salem-Almont Public School; and Jayce Archambault from Solen Public School. The $1,000 Basin Electric Power Cooperative/Mor-Gran-Sou scholarship was awarded to Kathryn Slavick from Mandan. Several of the students were unable to attend the meeting. Dart, Lennie and Schulte attended and thanked the membership for the assistance in furthering their education and careers. Schmidt sent a letter of appreciation, which was shared by Director Tomac.
Mor-Gran-Sou also awarded two “Luck of the Draw” scholarships to students who had registered for the meeting and attended with a parent or guardian. The goal of these scholarships is to encourage the younger generation to attend, and learn about the cooperative business model of one member, one vote — and to show how their voices and votes will count. Recipients included Gavin Miller and Cassie Pierson.
This past June, Evan Friesz of New Leipzig participated in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C. He and other delegates from across the state and nation learned from and about each other while participating in events that showcase our nation’s rich history, U.S. government, the cooperative business model and rural electrification. Unable to attend the annual meeting, Friesz sent a letter explaining his highlights and gratitude, which Director Tomac read for the membership.
Chief Financial Officer Alex Craigmile presented the financial report to the membership. He said Brady, Martz & Associates, P.C. audited the 2017 financial statements of Mor-Gran-Sou and presented their report to the board of directors with an ‘unmodified opinion,’ the highest opinion they can give.
The board of directors and staff of Mor-Gran-Sou wish to thank our members for participating in the 71st annual meeting of the membership, and look forward to meeting your electrical needs in the future.