RS Fiber Cooperative Board Members
|Jacob Rieke, Chairman
Jacob is a 5th generation corn, soybean and hog farmer near Fairfax, Minnesota. He and his wife Kylie live with their two daughters on the farm site homesteaded by his family in 1862. He received a BA in Sociology & Psychology from Hamline University (2004) in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Before farming, he and Kylie served in the Peace Corps El Salvador (2008 – 2010). Jacob is a founding member of RS Fiber, actively supporting the effort since 2010. Jacob believes that access to broadband communications is as critical today as the expansion of electricity to the rural areas was nearly a century ago. He was elected chair in 2019.
|Anthony Martens, Secretary
Anthony lives in Gaylord with his girlfriend Chantal and their daughter Kathryn. He and his family have been RS Fiber subscribers (1 Gbps Cornerstone) since it became available. Anthony grew up in the area, graduating from Sibley East High School in 1999. After, high school he attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Accounting. He currently works for United Farmers Co-op in Winthrop.
Wayne has served on the Buffalo Lake City Council for 17 years and is currently serving as the Mayor. He has been on the Buffalo Lake Ambulance service for 25 years and the Buffalo Lake Fire Department for 28 years having served as chief for some of those years. Wayne served on the Joint Power Board, the public entity working with RS Fiber for 5 years.