Board of Directors Candidates

District 1 Candidates

Loren Estad
Crystal, N.D.

Loren Estad
Loren Estad is a native from Crystal, N.D., where he is a fourth-generation farmer raising potatoes, edible beans, soybeans and wheat. Estad also operates a trucking company and is a partner in a couple of small businesses in the area.

Estad served on the Valley School Board for 12 years, the North Dakota Potato Council for six years and has currently been serving on the Park Township Board for 25 years.

Loren and his wife, Marge, have three grown daughters and one high school-aged son. Loren enjoys hunting and traveling with his family.


Gordon Johnson
Cavalier, N.D.

Gordon L. Johnson
Gordon L. Johnson a native of Langdon, N.D., grew up on the family farm west of Cavalier, N.D. He graduated from Cavalier High School in 1969, and then attended the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State College of Science-Wahpeton. In 1973, Johnson received an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology from NDSCS.

After graduating, he worked for KBM, Inc., in Grand Forks as a field engineer until he accepted a rural water manager position with the North Valley Water District in 1975. Johnson is in his 42nd year as manager of that water district – now renamed Northeast Regional Water District.

Johnson served 23 years as a supervisor on the Akra Township Board; served on the Cavalier School Board and has been active in a number of local committees.

He and his wife, Deb, have three children and 11 grandchildren.


Cheryl Osowski
Grafton, N.D.

Cheryl Osowski
Cheryl Osowski serves as special projects coordinator at the Red River Regional Council (RRRC) in Grafton, N.D., an economic and community development organization that serves the counties of Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina and Walsh.

Osowski earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota – Crookston. She spent 17 years working at the University of North Dakota, serving as a personnel officer and the outreach coordinator at the College of Engineering and Mines. In 2000, she was elected president of the Northeast North Dakota Human Resource Association. She also serves on the board of the Dakota Science Center.

In addition to working at the RRRC, Osowski is a part-time freelance writer for The Walsh County Record and is bookkeeper for her husband’s business, REO Truck Repair and Salvage, LLC.

Cheryl and her husband, Robert, live on their farmstead northeast of Voss, N.D.


Derek Roach
Mekinock, N.D.

Derek Roach
Derek Roach is a fourth-generation Nodak Electric member. He and his family reside next to his parents’ farmstead east of Mekinock, N.D., where his family has lived since the 1930s. He graduated from Midway Public School and attended Le Cordon Bleu for Culinary Arts in Las Vegas.

Roach has worked in the food service industry for more than 10 years. He managed and owned various restaurant and bar establishments. For the last six years he has worked for the Grand Forks Public Schools.

Derek and his family are very involved with Ness Lutheran Church. He has served on the council since 2013, and is treasurer/secretary for the church’s Men’s Club.


Thomas Vaughn
Cavalier, N.D.

Thomas Vaughn
Thomas Vaughn Cavalier, N.D., native, is a farmer and rancher near Cavalier. A fourth-generation farmer, Vaughn and two of his sons run a seed stock operation with purebred Limousin cattle.

Vaughn has been a 4-H leader and was superintendent of the cattle barn at the Pembina County Fair for several years. A lifelong member of Cavalier Presbyterian Church, he served as an elder for many years.

He serves as vice president of the Pembina County Memorial Hospital/Wedgewood Manor Board. Other boards he has served on include the Pembina County Livestock Association, Heartland Limousin Association and the North America Limousin Foundation.

He belongs to the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, National Cattleman’s Beef Association and the Pembina County Farm Bureau.

Tom and his wife, Rita, have three sons and six grandchildren.

District 2 Candidates

Paul Hanson
Mayville, N.D.

Paul R. Hanson
Paul R. Hanson lives on the family farm east of Mayville, N.D., along the Goose River. Hanson attended the University of North Dakota. He holds a bachelor of science degree with majors in biology and chemistry, along with a minor in mathematics.

Hanson farmed with his father, operating a farrow-to-finish hog operation along with cow-calf production and grain and sunflowers. He has worked as a chemist at American Crystal Sugar and is now employed at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

As a farmer, he served and presided on the boards of Mayville Township, the Mayville Farmers Co-op Elevator and Gran Lutheran Church. As a nationally Registered EMT – Intermediate, he worked toward organizing and training Traill County’s rural EMS system.

Hanson has three adult children and enjoys four-wheeling and hunting along the Goose River, as well as playing instruments with the KEM Shrine Band.


Pete Naastad
Hatton, N.D.

Peter Naastad
Peter Naastad has been on the board since June, filling the unexpired term of Roger Diehl. Pete is an excavation and utilities contractor from Traill County. He has lived in rural Hatton all of his life. Naastad and his brothers started Naastad Brothers, Inc., in 1974. Though Pete’s brothers left the company, he and his wife, Karen, continue to work at Naastad Brothers. Now their sons have joined them at the company.

Naastad is a past member of the Hatton School Board and the Bethany Church Council. He was also on the board of the Land Improvement Contractors Association, the Community Club Apartment Board, Hatton Prairie Village Loyalty Club and was past president and a current member of the Hatton Men’s Club.

Naastad has two sons and a daughter, three goddaughters and eight grandchildren.

District 3 Candidate

Steve Smaaladen
Aneta, N.D.

Steven Smaaladen
Steven Smaaladen became a Sheyenne Valley Electric Cooperative board member in 1997 and a Nodak board member after the merger between Nodak and Sheyenne Valley in 2001. He was re-elected in 2002 and has held several positions on the board.

Smaaladen attended Minnesota State Moorhead and Trinity Bible College. He farmed with his father and brother until 1997 and then worked construction until 2004. For the past 13 years he has been a rural mail carrier and is currently employed at the Northwood Post Office. He is secretary-treasurer for the Griggs-Steele unit of the Rural Letter Carriers Association and has served on the North Dakota Rural Letter Carriers’ Association Financial Committee.

Smaaladen is a member of the Finley Assembly of God Church, where he serves on the board and teaches Sunday school. For the past 24 years, Smaaladen and his wife, Marsha, have operated Country Greenhouse on their farm north of Aneta. They have two sons, Zachary, 19, and Zane, 10.

How to vote

Members may vote in person at the Alerus Center
Thursday, April 6, 6:30 p.m.,

– or –

by mail.
Ballots will be mailed out prior to the meeting. Voting instructions will be included.

Attention corporate members

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