Tracy Boe :: President
Representative Tracy Boe, Rolla, began his term as a Northern Plains Director in June 2003. Boe says it was legislative discussion of the Territorial Integrity Act last winter that incited him to think about running for election to the Northern Plains board. "I found the subject quite interesting and thought I should learn more about it," he said. "And that's what I look forward to - learning about the electric industry, as it affects so much of what we do in rural North Dakota." Boe is no newcomer to North Dakota. He has lived on the same farm his entire life. Besides farming with wife Sandy and their two children (Britta and Kelsey), Boe serves on the Rolette County Farmers Union Board and the Rolla School Board. He is also a member of the Farm Bureau. "I enjoy being on the inside," he says. "To learn the issues, to learn how things work and what to do about them that, I guess, is why I like to stay involved."
Curtis Wiesz :: Vice President
Wiesz and his wife, Sheila, own and operate a farm near Heaton. Curtis is past secretary-treasurer and past vice-president of the Wells County Farmers Union board and a past state torch-bearer for Farmers Union. "I know that in the electric industry there is always a lot to learn," he says. The Wiesz's have two children: Donovan and Jeremy. The family raises wheat, confectionery sunflowers, barley and quarter horses.
Russell Carlson :: Secretary/Treasurer
Russell Carlson says that Northern Plains derives its strength from the diverse group (rural, urban, industrial, commercial, agricultural) it serves. According to Carlson, nothing is more important to rural America that electric power. "It is rural America's backbone," he says. Carlson has learned from his years of service as cooperative director that keeping informed about the industry and related issues is a constant challenge. "If there's one thing I've learned, it is the complexity of this industry," he says. Carlson serves on the board of directors of the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) and as chairman of the NDAREC Public Relations Advisory Committee. A graduate of NDSU and former Army paratrooper, Carlson farms in partnership with his brother near Jamestown.
Randy Simon :: Assistant Secretary/Treasurer
Randy Simon has served on the Northern Plains board of directors since 2000. A graduate of Oberon High School and Lake Region Junior College, he farms and ranches with his wife, Charlotte, and three children, Mark, Lee and Heidi, on the family farm west of Oberon. He is a member of the St. Williams Catholic Church, Maddock.
Mark Brehm began his service on the board in June 2007. Brehm has extensive experience in the electric industry. He owns and operates D & M Electric Motor and Supply, specializing in sales and repair of motors, starters, alternators and industrial controls. Brehm and his partners have developed and marketed a patented atmospheric control system for vegetable storage facilities. He and his wife, Darla, live in Cando and have two grown children.
Hanson was elected to the Northern Plains Electric board of directors in February 2010. Hanson is a native of the Sheyenne-Warwick area. He earned his bachelors degree in education from Mayville State University before teaching at Jamestown High School for two years. He then moved to a Warwick farm to milk cows and farm for six years. The dairy operation moved to the Pettibone area and continued for 25 years. After phasing out the dairy cattle, he now raise irrigated alfalfa, corn and wheat. Hanson also works for the Stutsman County Farm Service Agency as a field representative. He's served on several boards. He and his wife Zee have six children.
Olsen is a farmer and graduate of Cando High School. He attended Bismarck Junior college and Lake Region College before farming with his parents. Bruce and his wife, Wanda, took over the family farm where they raise wheat, canola, beans and peas. Olsen is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and has served on his township and school board. He and Wanda are parents of Tyler and Kami.
Edmunds-area native Jack Geske said he joined the Northern Plains Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors for the same reasons he served in the North Dakota National Guard—to give back. “I believe in helping out,” he said. The newest member of the board, Geske was elected in March 2012. He studied carpentry at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake after graduating from Carrington High School in 1978. He entered the North Dakota National Guard and, after serving 21 years, retired in 1999 as a 1st
Sergeant. Today, Geske owns Jack Geske Construction and works throughout the Northern Plains Electric service area. He and his wife, Donna, also farm and ranch near their home eight miles west of Edmunds. The Geskes have two grown children, Jacob and Katie.
Teigen is a 2003 graduate of North Dakota State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in crop and weed science. He farms with his parents, Jim and Rita Teigen, on the family farm 12 miles southwest of Rugby where he grew up. They raise wheat, soybeans, sunflowers, barley and field peas.
Dave and his wife, Jennifer, have a young son, Carter. They are members of Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby. Dave is a board director of Dakota Pride Cooperative, is also a Pierce County representative to the North Dakota Barley Council and a member of the Board of visitors, North Central Research and Extension Service in Minot.