Our Board

JOIN US! Seeking a few great member-owners to serve on our Board of Directors

Your food and art co-op currently is governed by a six-person Board of Directors who are elected by the member-owners. According to our bylaws (Article III, Section 1), we must have “no less than five (5) and no more than twenty (20)” members. Board directorship is an excellent way to represent the member-owners and to participate in building a successful cooperative venture.

Wanted: We seek people who have passion and are willing to donate their “time, treasure and talent” to get our co-op to the next stage.

Board directorship is an excellent way to participate in creating a successful cooperative venture. If you are interested in serving, or know someone who would benefit the co-op by serving, please download the application here.  Please return to President Pia Lopez (pialopez1958@gmail.com).

Expectations:  The term of office is three years. Attendance at the monthly board meeting is expected. We currently meet at 4:30pm on the first Wednesday of the month. Board members also are expected to serve on one committee: Finance, Marketing, Events or Volunteer Committee.

Our current board members are:

  • Aimee K. Bannwarth
    Aimee joined the board in 2016; she is the Sustainability Fellow at the College of St. Benedict. A senior Environmental Studies Major, she was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After graduation, she plans to volunteer with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She writes: “I’m interested in the co-op because my favorite thing about St. Joe is the community feel. As an Environmental Studies major, I love how environmentally conscious this community is, and the co-op is the embodiment of St. Joe’s passion for the environment.”
  • Jim Degiovanni, Vice President
    A retired lawyer, Jim is now a small-scale farmer concentrating primarily on “hot weather” crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants and peppers, as well as Icelandic lamb raised on pasture during the growing months. Jim and his wife Mary started their farming activities more than 10 years ago and operate under the name Dancing Bears Farm. They sell lamb and produce at the St. Joseph Farmers Market and a couple of local restaurants as well as to the Minnesota Street Market. They use no chemical herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers and practice sustainable methods such as crop rotation and biological diversity. Jim supports the cooperative’s efforts to offer locally grown chemical-free produce from small farms and is grateful for the impact of the store on the vitality of the original downtown Saint Joseph.
  • Terri Johnson, Treasurer
    Department coordinator for the Theater Department at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University for 36 years, Terri L. Johnson was a shopper at the historic 110-year-old Loso’s grocery store. One day, she wandered into the new Minnesota Street Market food and art co-op and decided that she wanted to volunteer. A resident of St. Joseph, she’d like to see a Main Street grocery and arts hub thrive in downtown St. Joseph.
  • Pia Lopez, President
    Pia Lopez moved to Central Minnesota in 1988. She was the Editorial Page Editor of the St. Cloud Times from 1993-98 and won awards on environmental writing, including the “Outstanding Conservation Editorial Award” from the Sierra Club North Star Chapter and the Frank Premack Award. In the last 20 years, she has written a lot on food, especially local food, agriculture and water issues — and long been a student of Minnesota’s cooperative movement. Pia loves the small business presence on the main street of St. Joseph.
  • John Merkle
    A professor of theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, John is a long-time members of several co-ops and has been a member of the Minnesota Street Market from its beginning. John has served on the board of the St. Joseph Farmers Market and is eager to help our co-op continue to grow.
  • Patricia Weishaar, Secretary
    Patricia Weishaar has lived and worked in central Minnesota for 25 years, and wants to support an amazing mix of good things around her: local music, local food, local artists, events and opportunities that strengthen good will and bring delight. When people gather for good things, good things multiply. The Minnesota Street Market is a people-gathering-place; let’s multiply the good!

Past board members are:

  • Judy Purman
  • Sue Alexander
  • Mark Bjorke
  • Andy Dirksen
  • Mary Ellenbecker Johnson
  • Rita DeZurik
  • Mary Niedenfuer
  • Jeff Engholm
  • Anna Mercedes
  • Lisa Lindgren
  • Ellie McCann
  • Jared Smith
  • Jami Trenam
  • Chris Bernard
  • Hope Klocker
  • Alex Chocholousek
  • Curtis Weinrich
  • Myra Schrup
  • Rhonda Goldstone
  • Geoffrey Tabakin
  • Marcia Allard
  • Kris Vonnegut
  • Alexandra Miller
Hours: Mon–Fri 9 am–7 pm · Sat 10 am–6 pm · Sun 11 am–6 pm
Location: 27 West Minnesota Street, St. Joseph, MN 56374 · Mailing Address: PO Box 397, St. Joseph, MN 56374
(320) 363-7733 · info@mnstreetmarket.com