From the August 2011 issue of the Dakota Valley News Magazine. By Kirsti Craig
Former chairman of Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative’s board of directors, Tom Mund, retired from his position at the 2011 annual meeting, held on June 9 in Milnor. In honor of his 29 years of service, we asked him to reflect on his role and relationship with Dakota Valley—a history that began with a child attending cooperative meetings with his family. That little boy didn’t know at the time that he would one day become president of his rural electric cooperative board, but we’re grateful he did.
“As a kid, I remember going to the RSR Electric Cooperative annual meetings. We were always involved as a family. We knew the linemen from church and the main offices for RSR were in Milnor, North Dakota, which is and has always been my hometown. My dad ran for the board in the early 1970s and lost. We’ve just always been interested.”
“I decided to run when Bob Lloyd was retiring in 1982. I was 33 years old. My wife Shirley and I had two young children—Teresa was nine, Scott was five. At the time our rates had been going up significantly and varied from month to month. I was very interested because I was an irrigator and was very affected by rate changes.”
“I’ll never forget my first board meeting. I was young, eager and new, so I of course arrived early. In fact, I was the first to arrive and had my choice of seats in the board room. My back was to the door. All of a sudden, I heard a brusque, deep voice behind me. ‘Tom, you’re sitting in my chair.’ It was Armand Tiegs, a fellow board member. He had such a gruff voice, and was a good-sized man. But he was such a soft, gentle person. I quickly moved to a different seat, and never made the same mistake again.” Continue reading