Every member of the credit union is eligible and encouraged to vote in the board of directors election. The election will open on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. and will close on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. There will not be any nominations from the floor at the Annual Meeting. Nominees by petition are required to submit to the Board Secretary a statement of qualifications and biographical data with a petition signed by 100 members before February 4, 2021. Qualifications and biographical data will only be included on the mail ballot and the voting website.
There are two seats up for election in 2021, a Minot seat, and the Fargo seat. Each open seat must be filled by a member living within that branch’s field of membership. Board members will be elected to a term of three years.
Members can vote one of three ways:
To vote by phone or to request a paper ballot, call 1-888-304-1693. If a paper ballot is requested, it will be sent with a prepaid postage return envelope. Completed paper ballots must be received by 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 11, 2021. Ballots will not be accepted at any branch location.
When voting by phone, your ID will be your account number, password is your birthday (Ex: January 12, 1960 would be 01121960) and business account password will be the last four digits of your tax ID number.
You can find your account number on your checks, by checking your eStatements, or by stopping in to the nearest Town & Country location.
- From a check: The line of numbers on the bottom of your check includes your routing number, account number and check number. To find your account number, look at the middle section of numbers. Take off the first three digits and the last one digit and that middle section remaining is your account number.
- From eStatements: Select eStatements within login banking. It will take you to a landing page with links to all of your statements. The left column of that list is your Account Number. The Account Number is XXX for security on your actual eStatement, so make sure to check the list before you click on a link.
- Find your nearest location here.
Members may not vote by proxy, but a business or organization may vote through an agent designated in writing. A trustee, or other person acting in a representative capacity, may not vote.
Questions or concerns? Please contact us at 1-800-872-6358.
2021 Fargo Board Seat Candidates:
Brian Nelson (Incumbent) lives in Fargo with his wife Ellen. He was elected to a one-year term on the Town & Country Credit Union Board of Directors in 2020 and is seeking re-election.
Brian is currently employed as the Superintendent in both Rosholt, South Dakota and Fairmount, North Dakota. He also has ties to Western and Central North Dakota. He has taught in Rolette, ND and was principal in Carson, ND. He also taught and served as elementary principal in Newburg, ND. He later served as Superintendent and Elementary Principal for Berthold Public School and went on to be the superintendent of the Lewis and Clark Public School District when Ryder, Makoti, Berthold and Plaza schools reorganized. Brian was named Superintendent of the Year for 2008-2009 for the Northwest Region in North Dakota. He also serves on the Fargo School Board, a seat he has held since 2018.
Brian and Ellen enjoy fishing in Alaska and Lake Sakakawea, as well as traveling, cruising, and spending time at their lake house on Lake Lida 5.5 miles east of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.
Kristian Rue was born in Fargo, ND. He graduated from North Dakota State University in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems. He is also a Project Management Institute, Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). He works as a Systems Analyst for Steffes Group, Inc; a leading agriculture-focused auctioneering and real estate company in the Midwest. Having listened to the unique challenges of hundreds of farmers, ranchers, and hobbyists, and implementing numerous technologies at Steffes Group, Kristian has a unique view of the trends and technologies driving agriculture in our area. He enjoys spending time with friends and family in the outdoors, reading, and traveling. Kristian lives in Fargo.
2021 Minot Board Seat Candidates:
Jeff Stremick (Incumbent) was elected to the Town & Country Credit Union Board of Directors in 2018 and most recently served as the Secretary/Treasurer. Jeff grew up on a farm by Langdon, North Dakota. He graduated from Langdon High School and went on to attend NDSCS where he graduated with an Associate’s degree as a Diesel Technician. He moved to Minot in 1984.
Jeff has owned and operated several businesses in Minot and in 2010 went into full-time real estate. He became part-owner of Signal Realtors in 2011 and became a Broker in 2017. Since getting his license, Jeff has received numerous awards including several Realtor of the Month awards and Commercial Realtor of the Quarter awards. Jeff is also the only Realtor in Minot to have earned the coveted CCIM designation.
Jeff has been very active in the City of Minot and has given his time volunteering for numerous groups in Minot including; Sertoma, Minot Planning Commission, Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Committee, Ward County Specials Assessment Commission, Farm Rescue, and MAYSA Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Minot Board of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Magic City Apartment Association, Minot Builders Association and Minot Area Chamber of Commerce. He is married to Dawn Stremick and they have three grown children -- Nathan, Ben, and Liza.
Jodi Johnson, a lifelong North Dakota resident and Minot State University graduate, has been employed as Ward County Superintendent of Schools since 2004. In this position, she has gained experience that will be of value as a board member through her collaborations with multiple organizations throughout the state, financial expertise managing the overall budget, and communications networking with school districts.
Jodi understands cooperative principles, having served as president of Verendrye Electric Cooperative’s Operation RoundUp. She also has a good understanding of rural needs as a partner in a farming/cattle operation with her husband, Jeff.
A native of Powers Lake, Jodi graduated from MSU with a double major in Elementary Education and Intellectual Disabilities. She taught special education in Kulm, then worked as Coordinator of Services at KALIX in Minot. Following her marriage to Jeff, she moved to rural Carpio. When their daughters were young, she was a substitute teacher. Daughter Jessi, a NDSU graduate, teaches in Denver now and Jasmin is a senior at NDSU.
Jodi was instrumental in writing and passing a 2012 state law updating school board powers. She is a member of the North Dakota Council of Exceptional Leaders, North Dakota Association of Counties, Ward County Township Association and North Dakota Association of County Superintendents. She serves on the Carpio Township Board as clerk/treasurer, and is a member of Carpio Lutheran Church where she has served in several capacities. At home, she enjoys her many animals, playing games, and visiting with family and friends.