Vote for board candidates at the annual meeting
Voting for directors in each of Verendrye Electric’s three districts is a vital part of the annual meeting. Candidates were nominated at caucus meetings held in April.
If you want to vote, plan to be in the 4-H Hall at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will start with a short report and then move into voting. You need to register before the business meeting and receive your voting sticker in order to receive a ballot. All members vote for all districts.
In addition to a member’s personal vote, a member may carry one additional non-personal vote (church, township hall, business) if the member is authorized to do so and has the appropriate registration card for the organization.
The candidate's bios are listed in the order they were nominated.
Ken Schild is a Harvey native who has farmed on his grandfather, Bill’s, homestead southwest
of the city since 1980. He and his wife, Julie, have four children. Ken is active in the community
and has served on the school board, Farmers Union Oil Co-op board and as the Western
Township assessor. He also served on the Verendrye Member Advisory Committee and the
Operation Round Up board and is a former Farm Services Administration Wells County
committeeman and former member of the Harvey Recreation Commission.
Shawn Kaylor, a fourth-generation farmer, was raised on a farm 6 miles north of Velva and
currently lives on a farm near there. He graduated from Velva High School and attended Minot
State University and North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, where he studied farm
management. Shawn has two adult children, Kylie, and Brett.
Shawn is a volunteer firefighter with the Velva Fire Department and a member of the Velva
Ambulance Service. He has been an advisory member and is newly elected to the Enerbase
Cooperative board and is also a board member of North Dakota EMS Association. He is a past
member of the McHenry County Ag Improvement Association, McHenry County Farmers
Union board, Velva Farmers Union board and is a member of the Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva.
John Hocking was born and raised in North Dakota. He graduated from Wilton High School
and Minot State University with a degree in business and accounting and an associate degree in
police science. He lives right outside of Minot in Sundre Township.
John worked for the Minot Fire Department as a battalion chief. He is past president of the
N.D. Fire Prevention Association and was an instructor for the N.D. State Fire School. His
certifications include: rescue scuba diver with under-ice diving, airport emergency operations,
high-angle and confined space rescue, auto extrication and emergency medical technician
(EMT). John was inducted into the N.D. Firefighters Hall of Fame in 2019.
John joined the N.D. Army National Guard in 1972. He participated in the Army Officer
Candidate School and was commissioned as 2nd lieutenant in 1976. He served as commander
in two separate combat engineer companies, as an operations staff officer and as a battalion
commander. John’s last two senior commands were with the 68th Troop Command with three
subordinate battalions assigned, and with the Camp Gilbert C Grafton Joint Training Center Command. He retired from the Army National Guard as a colonel in 2005.
John and Carol have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Aaron Vibeto grew up in Minot and lives south of Minot with his wife Elizabeth and their
six children: Rylan, 17, Bryce, 14, Owen, 12, Max, 11, Kathryn, 9, and Penelope, 7. Aaron
graduated from Minot High School, North Dakota State University and Hamline University
School of Law. He currently serves as senior trust officer with the private wealth management
team at First International Bank & Trust.
Aaron brings a wealth of legal knowledge to the board of directors with expertise in
negotiating and drafting easements, right of ways and other land use agreements, contract
negotiations, employment law and conflict resolution, all developed during his extensive legal
career, work in the oil and gas industry and service as an unemployment law judge for the state
Public service and community involvement are important to Aaron. He is a military veteran,
has served on the Minot City Council and as the Minot municipal judge. He is a board
member for Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports, whose mission is to provide sports opportunities to
individuals living with physical and mental disabilities. Aaron also serves as president of the
Our Redeemer’s Christian Education Foundation in Minot and is a volunteer bus driver.
Jon Hansen grew up on the family farm and currently lives with his wife, Debbie, south
Together, they raise cattle and for the past 11 years, Jon has worked for RTC.
They have three grown daughters. Erica (Christopher) Brewer, Bridget Klosterman, Karley
(Allen) Porter, along with four grandchildren and one on the way.
Jon graduated from Bismarck State College with a degree in farm and ranch management. He
has been a volunteer firefighter for the past 39 years with the Ryder/Makoti Fire Department
and is a member of Calvary Church in Ryder and was a past board member. He also served on
the Verendrye Member Advisory Committee.
Jon currently serves on the Ryder Township board, a director on the Ryder/Makoti Fire
District board and was recently elected to the West McLean Insurance board.
Jon’s favorite pastime is putting up hay and tending to the cattle. He enjoys family time as
much as he can.