Red River Valley Cooperative Power Association is committed to enhancing the quality of life of its members, consistent with cooperative principles. Your cooperative has been delivering reliable electric energy to its member-owners since 1939 using technology and innovative services to meet the needs of agricultural, commercial and residential members alike.
In the beginning, that meant poles and lines to bring in electricity for lights. Today, those same lines bring you a vast array of electrical services. As your needs and wants continue to change, Red River will do its best to continue to meet your requirements.
Red River Valley Cooperative Power Association is owned by its members. The membership elects a Board of Directors to represent them in the operation of the Cooperative. The Board hires a Chief Executive Officer to carry out the daily operations of the Cooperative.
The Board is composed of six member-directors, two from each of the three director districts. Directors are elected to three-year terms according to the provisions in the bylaws.
Regularly scheduled Board meetings are held in Halstad at the Cooperative office starting at 8:30 a.m. on the next to last Monday of each month.
Be a director
Grassroots democracy is a hallmark of an electric cooperative. Two directors are elected at each annual meeting to serve three-year terms.
Petitions for nomination become open in December for directors interested in running. If you are interested in becoming a director, please read the following:
Nomination by petition
Any 15 or more members who reside in the district up for election may nominate an eligible member for a director position in that district. No member may be elected to a director position unless nominated in this manner. No write-in ballots shall be accepted.
Petition forms are available
Director candidates must pick up a petition and a director packet at Red River Valley Co-op Power’s office in Halstad. The packet contains additional forms that must be signed and turned in before the designated deadline. The deadline will be listed in the Sparks monthly magazine.
The cooperative must receive the completed petition no later than the close of business at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the designated deadline. Below are those portions of the bylaws which pertain to members running for director:
Article III – Directors
Section 4. Nominations.
( a ) Any fifteen (15) or more members who reside in any one district may nominate an eligible member for a director position in that district. Such nomination shall be in writing and signed by said fifteen (15) members, or more, and delivered to the Secretary at least thirty (30) days before the members’ meeting.
( b ) No member may be elected to a director position unless nominated in the manner provided by this section. No write-in ballots shall be accepted.
( c ) The members may, at any meeting at which a director or directors shall be removed, as theretofore provided, elect a successor or successors thereto without compliance with the provisions herein with respect to nominations.
( d ) If a member is absent from any meeting, the member may vote by mail for the election of directors as provided in these Bylaws, or as may be permitted by law.
Failure to comply with any of the provisions of this section shall not affect in any manner whatsoever validity of any election of directors.
Section 2. Qualifications.
Persons eligible to become or remain a director of the Cooperative shall:
( a ) have been a member in good standing receiving electric service prior to being nominated for director;
( b ) have voting rights within the district from which the director is to be elected;
( c ) not be employed by, materially affiliated with, or have a material financial interest in, any individual or entity which either is:
- directly or substantially competing with the Cooperative; or
- selling goods and services in substantial quantity to the Cooperative; or
- possessing a substantial conflict of interest with the Cooperative;
( d ) for purposes of this section, the terms “material” or “substantially” shall be interpreted as constituting a minimum of 5% of a member’s total hours of employment, sales, or income on an annual basis;
( e ) not be an employee or not have been an employee of the Cooperative within the last three (3) years;
( f ) not be a close relative of an employee, or of a director, unless the close relative is a candidate for the director’s seat, whereas found in these Bylaws “close relative” means any individual who is, either by blood, law, or marriage, including half, step, foster, and adoptive relations, a spouse, child, grandchild, parent, grandparent, or sibling, or principally resides in the same residence;
( g ) be only one, and not more than one, member of a joint membership; provided, however, that none shall be eligible to become or remain a director or to hold a position of trust in the Cooperative unless all shall meet the qualifications herein set forth;
( h ) if a member of the Cooperative is not a natural person, family farm corporation, or an authorized farm corporation, the member may appoint or elect one duly authorized natural person to be eligible for election as a director to the Board of Directors;
( i ) never have been convicted of a felony; and
( j ) agree, upon election, to regularly attend all Board, regular and special members’ meetings.
In regard to the restrictive provisions of this section that are based upon close relative relationships, no incumbent director shall lose eligibility to remain a director or to be re-elected a director if, during a director’s incumbency, a director becomes a first kindred relative of another incumbent director or of a Cooperative employee because of a marriage or an adoption to which the director was not a party.
Current & Back Issues
All cooperative businesses adhere to seven guiding principles:
- Voluntary and Open Membership — Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership.
- Democratic Member Control — Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership.
- Members’ Economic Participation — Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative.
- Autonomy and Independence — Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members.
- Education, Training, and Information — Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperation.
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives — Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
- Concern for Community — While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities.
The power you receive comes from a mix of coal, water and wind, demonstrating our commitment to balancing affordable power with environmental goals. In fact, you receive one of the higher amounts of renewable energy in the nation.
Additionally, your cooperative's wholesale power supplier, Minnkota Power Cooperative, has invested significantly in environmental upgrades at its coal power plants resulting in drastically reduced emission, including:
- SO2 reduction of 96%
- NOx reduction of 56%
Occasionally, members inquire about solar energy and the pros and cons of this variable energy resource. To help separate fact from fiction, Red River Valley Co-op Power installed a 4.2 kilowatt AC solar array at our Halstad warehouse. You can view more information about the project, including real-time production by clicking on Solar Demo.
A federal law commonly called “Red Flag Rules” mandates that utilities take steps to verify consumer identity for certain account requests. The purpose of the law is to prevent identity theft. Specifically this means you will be required to state your name and a PIN number, or show government-issued ID for some requests such as: new service/change of service requests, conservation loans, reconnections and others. These procedures will help protect your identity. For more information about the law, please call 1-800-788-7784 or 218-456-2139.
Red River Valley Co-op Power member information privacy statement
Red River Valley Co-op Power takes the privacy of its members seriously. Both Red River Valley Co-op Power’s website and affiliated website are encrypted. Your cooperative does not give out personal data to third parties without your consent. There is a confidentiality agreement in place between Red River Valley Co-op Power and NISC, the owner of SmartHub.
In related data-privacy matters, your cooperative follows federal Red Flag Rules. Information regarding Red Flag Rules can be obtained on our website or by calling 218-456-2139.