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Red Lake Electric welcomes Stephanie Johnson as CEO.

Thursday, June 28, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shari Wormwood
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Stephanie Johnson has taken over leadership as the CEO of Red Lake Electric Cooperative in Red Lake Falls, Minn. Stephanie began her co-op career just north of the Red Lake Territory at Roseau Electric. She worked there for 15 years as an accountant and office manager.

Johnson had experience in helping Roseau Electric transition to National Information Solutions Cooperative(NISC) billing and accounting software and said, “That was a lot of work,” It should be easier the second time around.  Johnson will get to work on another conversion to NISC software next spring when Red Lake moves to the system. Tracey Stoll, her former manager at Roseau Electric, said “Johnson is coming on board at Red Lake at the right time.  She was instrumental in our transition from homegrown software to NISC software… “I think that’s going to be her biggest strength at Red Lake.”


Knowledge of the area and the cooperative world are strengths, too. Johnson grew up in the Gatzke-Skime area south of Roseau, Minn., graduating from Roseau High School in 1991. “I live on the same homestead I did when I was growing up,” she said. “We moved a house on the property.”

Johnson said her first couple of months at Red Lake will be spent learning and asking questions. She plans to have an open door for employees who have questions. “Communication is huge,” she said. “The board, members, employees.”

Red Lake Electric has 18 employees and 4,316 total consumers. The cooperative purchases power from Minnkota Power Cooperative in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Experts written by Kevin Fee, Communication Supervisor, Minnkota Power Cooperative.

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