40 Square 2018 Annual Meetings

This serves as notice that our first annual meetings of the members of 40 Square Cooperative Solutions and the 40 Square Consortium will be held Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. at United Farmers Cooperative Berdan Center in Winthrop.

A health fair will begin at 10:00 a.m. with information from our health plan partners; Alithias®, MedTrakRx®, HealthiestYou®, and others. Members are encouraged to visit with the partners’ representatives to learn more about their health plan benefits.

Brief 15-minute learning sessions will be conducted throughout the morning. Select partners will be presenting on how you can maximize your benefits!


10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Health Fair with 40 Square Partners

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

40 Square Cooperative Solutions Annual Meeting and
40 Square Consortium Annual Meeting

40 Square Cooperative Solutions & 40 Square Consortium Annual Meetings

  • Open Meeting
  • Introduction of Guests
  • Reading of Annual Meeting Notice
  • Audit Report
  • Guest Speaker: State Representative Tim Miller
  • Elections
  • Question and Answer Session
  • Adjourn

Health fair presentation schedule

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Get Checked!

Get your FREE blood pressure, pulse and respiration checks by licensed nurse Maydra Maas!

10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Spire and SouthPoint Financial Credit Unions

Learn about the advantages of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and the special offer for 40 Square participants.

10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.


Learn about the innovative telemedicine benefit included in your plan and how to get the most out of it for you and your family.

11:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.


Get to know the cost differences between common procedures and understand how 40 Square Care Navigators can help!

11:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


Get to know your prescription drug benefits, including the money-saving “Performance 90” pharmacies feature.

Run for the 40 Square Board of Directors

At our upcoming annual meetings, members will elect the permanent board members of 40 Square Cooperative Solutions and the 40 Square Consortium.

40 Square Cooperative Solutions

Candidates must be a member of 40 Square Cooperative Solutions (corporations may designate a person to run on the corporation’s behalf as its “designee”) and meet the director qualifications stated in the bylaws in Article VI, Section 6.3. and those are listed on the 40Square.coop website. A Board of Directors’ job description can be found there as well.

The board is currently comprised of five co-op members and three investor members. Each board seat will be held for a set number of years, with the terms varying from 1 to 3 years. This will allow the board to achieve a staggering of open seats for future board elections (as required by the bylaws). All aforementioned documents are available for your reference at 40Square.coop. You may also request hard copies by contacting the co-op.

The fifth co-op member board seat is currently open and available for any member interested. This seat will take the position for a two-year term. After the first term, all seats will then serve three year terms.

According to the bylaws, the Class B investor member positions on the board are elected among the Class B investor members.

40 Square Consortium

Trustees will also be elected to serve as a member of the five-member 40 Square Consortium Board (Consortium) and the associated Trust. Trustee requirements can be found in the 40 Square Consortium Bylaws in Article III, Section 3.02. The bylaws can be found on the 40Square.coop website. You may also request a hard copy of the bylaws by contacting the co-op. Candidates must be the Consortium Member (employer and plan participant) or a Common Law Employee of a Consortium Member.

Business for the Consortium, if necessary, will be conducted separately from the co-op but would occur within the same meeting time frames.

Board of Directors Candidates

The following members of the formative boards will be running for election for both the Co-op and the Consortium:

Robby Gieseke


I farm 10 miles north of Nicollet, Minn. with my wife Melissa and daughters Evalyn (3) and Elizabeth (6 mos.). The family operation (Oakland Farms) also includes my parents, four brothers and an uncle.  The operation grows corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and barley for a local brewery.  more

Kevin Lauwagie


My wife Sue and I farm south of Winthrop along Hwy 15.  We have three daughters: Beth and her husband Adam and their sons Colton and Hank, Kayle and her husband Heath and daughter Sawyer of Eustis, Nebraska, and Emilee of Winthrop and fiancé Tyler.  more

Bruce Maas

Walnut Grove

My name is Bruce Mass and I milk 300 cows and farm 1,300 acres in Walnut Grove, Minn. I’ve been serving as a director for Farmers Co-op of Milroy for nine years, as a corporate director for Associated Milk Producers Inc. for 18 years and have also been a township clerk for 20 years. more

Cole Trebesch


My name is Cole Trebesch, I farm with my family near Sleepy Eye, MN. We raise corn, soybeans, a few cattle and custom feed hogs. My wife Miranda and I have two kids Oliver (10) and Elsie (7). more

Mary Peichel


My husband George and I farm southeast of Fairfax, MN. We have 3 children- Rebecca lives in St. Paul, MN and is a salesperson for a solar company, Edward lives in Charles City, IA and works at a motorsports business, and Anna is a student at the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN.  more

Karen Richter


Karen Richter and her husband, Dave, operate DKR Swine Farm, a third-generation family-owned, swine and crop farm located near Montgomery, Minnesota. Their two children, Kate, 29, and Brad, age 24, also help on the farm.more

Wayne Saemrow


My name is Wayne Saemrow. I farm in partnership with 3 brothers near Morristown, MN. We milk 775 cows, raise our replacement heifers, raise feeder steers, farm 2,000 acres, and operate a contract turkey barn. more

To receive a hard copy of the biographies of each candidate, contact the co-op.

Who can run and vote for the boards?

40 Square Cooperative Solutions: Co-op members (employers). One vote per member/employer.

40 Square Consortium:  Employers who are health plan participants and their covered (common law) employees can run for the board but only employers who are health plan participants are allowed to vote for trustees (common law employees are not able to vote for trustees, but are allowed to run as a representative for their employer) or a Common Law Employee of a Consortium Member.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 844-205-9579 or email us at info@40Square.coop. We look forward to seeing you!