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Midwest Dairy elects 2024 board leadership

April 11, 2024


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SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Elections for the Midwest Dairy Corporate and Division boards were held during the organization’s annual meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, this week.

Elections for the 2024 Corporate board officer team are as follows: Charles Krause from Buffalo, Minnesota, was re-elected as chair of Midwest Dairy; Dan Hotvedt, Decorah, Iowa, was re-elected as first vice chair; Bill Deutsch, Sycamore, Illinois, was re-elected as second vice chair; Rita Young, Plainview, Minnesota, was re-elected as secretary and Matt Schelling, Orange City, Iowa, was re-elected as treasurer.

New members elected by their divisions to the Midwest Dairy Corporate board include:

  • Jack Dill – Ozarks
  • Doug Carroll – Iowa

2024 division board officers and new division board members are as follows:

Illinois Division

  • Chair – Bill Deutsch, Sycamore
  • Vice chair – Brent Mueller, Garden Prairie
  • Secretary – Amy Hildebrandt, South Beloit
  • Treasurer – Glen Meier, Ridott

Iowa Division

  • Chair – Lee Maassen, Maurice
  • Vice chair – Jonna Schutte, Monona
  • Secretary – Dan Dietzenbach, Fort Atkinson
  • Treasurer – Pam Bolin, Clarksville

Minnesota Division

  • Chair – Kristine Spadgenske, Menahga
  • Vice chair – Kate McAndrews, Sauk Centre
  • Secretary – Mindi Arendt, Mazeppa
  • Treasurer – Rita Young, Plainview
  • Annie Vannurden, Royalton, and Wayne Saemrow, Waterville, were seated as new members of the Minnesota Division board.

Mo-Kan Division

  • Chair – Byron Lehman, Newton, Kansas
  • Vice chair – Steve Ohlde, Linn, Kansas
  • Secretary – Donna Telle, Uniontown, Missouri
  • Treasurer – Orville Miller, Hutchinson, Kansas
  • Heidi Wells, Milton; Darren Benfer, Longford; and Ted Bruemmer, Jefferson City were seated as new board members of the Mo-Kan Division board.

Nebraska Division

  • Chair – Joyce Racicky, Mason City
  • Vice chair – Mary Temme, Wayne
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Jodi Cast, Beaver Crossing

North Dakota Division

  • Chair – Sue Kleingartner, Gackle
  • Vice chair – Terry Entzminger, Jamestown
  • Secretary – Kim Ledger, Bismarck
  • Treasurer – Lilah Krebs, Gladstone
  • Jennifer Holle, Mandan, was seated as a new member of the North Dakota Division board.

Ozarks Division

  • Chair – Nathan Roth, Mountain Grove, Missouri
  • Vice chair – Marilyn Calvin, Mt. Vernon, Missouri
  • Secretary – Carrie Rantz, Spokane, Missouri
  • Treasurer – Mark Fellwock, Monett, Missouri
  • Norris Sloan, Mountain Grove, was seated as a new member of the Ozark Division board.

South Dakota Division

  • Chair – Marv Post, Volga
  • Vice chair – Kevin Van Winkle, Canistota
  • Secretary – Maartje Lemstra, Humboldt
  • Treasurer – Jogchum Andrenga, Brandt
  • Kevin Pearson, Flandreau; Dorothy Elliott, Lake Norden; and Riley Boadwine, Baltic were seated as new members of the South Dakota Division board.

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