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Lower Yellowstone Rural Electric Cooperative June 3 Annual Meeting Cancelled


The Lower Yellowstone Rural Electric Cooperative (LYREC) board of trustees voted unanimously to cancel the 2020 annual meeting of members scheduled for June 3 at the Richland County Event Center. This is in response to Gov. Steve Bullock declaring a state of emergency in Montana and President Trump declaring a state of emergency in the nation due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, LYREC will strive to keep our membership informed. The 84th annual meeting program will be distributed to all members in late May. The program will contain the 2019 annual meeting minutes and financials, board of trustee candidate biographies, scholarship information, and a cooperative update from LYREC’s CEO and board president. We are committed to maintaining open communication and will be utilizing social media and our website to send important information to our members regarding business. LYREC is also exploring alternative options for a meeting with members.

The Nominating Committee met on March 3. Following the committee’s work, they nominated only one candidate per district; accordingly, the election of trustees will be by acclamation. Dennis Nelson will be re-elected to represent District 5, Greg Rauschendorfer will be re-elected for District 6, and Allen Thiessen will be re-elected for District 7.

“We are truly saddened to have to cancel the annual meeting for the first time in our cooperative history. It’s a tradition we value and cherish,” said Jason Brothen, LYREC CEO/general manager. The decision to cancel was not made lightly, but LYREC board and management felt it was in the best interest for the health and safety of our members, employees and communities. We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate this unique and unprecedented time together.


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