The 7-member Board of Directors of Federated Telephone Cooperative consists of one member from each exchange and meets on a monthly basis to discuss the many aspects of the telecommunications industry. A Director is elected by all members of the cooperative to serve for a term of three years.


Roger Gerdes, Vice President


Tim Danielson, Secretary

Correll & Appleton

Lynn Swenson, President

Holloway & Danvers

Dan Smith


Nancy Taffe

Milan & Big Bend

Jon Hanson


Dennis Schroeder

Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws

Federated Telephone Cooperative

Capital Credits

As a local telephone subscriber, you are automatically a member/owner of Federated Telephone Cooperative. Your cooperative’s mission is to provide the best communication services at a fair price; offering people choices to be successful and enhance their quality of life. *Currently membership excludes Big Stone & Swift County Border-to-Border grant areas.


Easy to join; there is nothing you need to do other than sign up and use communication services provided by Federated Telephone Cooperative. As a local telephone subscriber, you are automatically an owner in a great company! *Currently membership excludes Big Stone & Swift County Border-to-Border grant areas.

Federated Rewards

Each year you will receive a Capital Credit Account Statement highlighting your capital credits that have been allocated. The balance on your statement is yours and over time this money will be paid to you! The Board of Directors determines the schedule for returning capital credits.


Once the operating costs and reinvestments in your cooperative have been met, the Federated Telephone Cooperative Board of Directors allocates the remaining money to the members in the form of “Capital Credits.” The amount allocated varies year to year.

Federated Rewards FAQ

The amount returned is based on how much business you do with the cooperative. The more services you use in a given year and the more long-distance calls you place, makes your share of the profit greater.

In order to operate the business, capital credits remain with the cooperative for a certain amount of time before they are returned to the members. Rural cooperatives, like any other business, must have the money on hand to provide current operating funds and to invest in facilities and new technology.
The members have agreed through the cooperative's Bylaws to use the margins to stabilize operations for the cooperative. The Bylaws also stipulate the refund of capital credits based on the financial condition of the cooperative as determined by the Board of Directors.

Big name telephone companies
have a main goal to make money.
That’s why most of it ends
up in their pockets and not in
yours! On the other hand, Federated
is a Cooperative, which
means that our customers are
members and "owners" of the
company. Surplus dollars are
refunded to you when approved
by the Board of Directors.
Take a look at the amount of
business you do with Federated
Telephone. How much are you
spending with other companies?
Is the other company really giving
you a better deal?

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508 Atlantic Ave., PO Box 107, Morris, MN 56267

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