Norman Krause, director of Central Lakes Agricultural Center at the Staples campus of Central Lakes College, was elected president of the Minnesota Rural Electric Association.
Krause has been a director on the Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative board of directors for 20 years.
MREA is a nonprofit trade association for Minnesota's 50 electric cooperatives, including 44 distribution cooperatives and six generation/transmission cooperatives. MREA serves its members with legislative support, education and loss-control training, youth programs, networking opportunities, and other resources.
The MREA board includes 14 directors in seven districts.
Krause has represented District 3 on the MREA board for nine years. The district includes Todd-Wadena, Lake Region (Pelican Rapids), Traverse (Wheaton), Runestone (Alexandria), Agralite (Benson), Minnesota Valley (Montevideo), Meeker (Litchfield), Kandiyohi (Willmar) and Stearns (Melrose) electric cooperatives.
Krause succeeds Carl Potter, a director of Dakota Electric, Farmington, who had served as the association's president since 1996.
Krause and wife Julie live on a farm south of Staples.
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