There are two people on the ballot of the 2020 election to the Ontonagon County Rural Electrification Association board of directors.  Paul Koski and Mike Urbis are running for District 2, Ewen/Trout Creek/Lake Mine.  Ann Gasperich is the only person to submit a petition for District 6, Boston.

Information provided by the candidates is as follows:

Paul Koski

Paul Koski
14783 N. Cemetery Road
Ewen, Michigan 49925

(906) 988-2593


Retired OCREA Director Ewen Trout Creek-Lake Mine, District 2
August 2012 to Present

Project Draftsman Oldenburg Group Inc., Iron River, Michigan
Responsible for 3D layouts and detail drawings of underground mining utility vehicles, such as UV-11 and UV-6 Anfo boom trucks, and CXM scissor lift trucks.
April 2005 to August 2012

Detail Draftsman Lake Shore Inc. Kingsford, Michigan Created layout and detail drawings of Marine deck equipment such as cargo elevators, pontoon causeways, winches and davits.
September 2000 to April 2005

Detail Draftsman Design Services Group, White Pine, Michigan
Created 2 dimensional detail drawings from 3 dimensional models of aggregate conveyors.
September 1999 to May 2000

Engineering Contractor Lake Shore Inc., Iron Mountain, Michigan
Layout and design of underground production and service shaft equipment, including shaft steel and hoisting equipment, i.e., skips, cages and material handling systems.
June 1998 to May 1999


  • Mechanical Drafting Gogebic Community College, Ironwood, MI
  • Instructor Teaching college students the applications of fundamental drafting principles and skills.
  • Design Engineer Lake Shore Mining Company Inc., Iron Mountain, Michigan
  • Utilized AutoCAD R12 in the design of mine hoisting systems, man elevators, and vertical Flexolift conveyor systems. Engineering and field supervision of the same.


  • Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering
  • Michigan Technological University, May 1980
  • Associate of Technology in Mechanical Drafting and Design
  • Gogebic Community College, May 1973

Paul Koski’s nominating petition.

Mike Urbis

My name is Mike Urbis. Being a lifelong resident of Ewen, I was raised on a small farm west of Ewen and graduated from E-TC in 1971. After graduation I worked on some local construction projects.  When those ended, I worked in the woods during the day and worked my new business, US Auto Body, late into the evening.

In 1976 I married Kathie Yablonski from Watersmeet. We made our home in Ewen, having three children, Mark, Matthew, and Meagan. Mark and Matthew both live in Ontonagon County with their families and are both currently employed by the Ontonagon REA. Meagan and her family reside in Green Bay,  WI.

I have been employed by Big Valley Ford as the Body Shop Manager for the last 32 years. I enjoy playing music, singing,  spending time with my family, and working in my yard. I am very involved in the community. I am on the McMillan Township Board, a member of the Ewen Ontonagon Masonic Lodge No 67,& also  a member Ahmed Shriners of Marquette , President of the McMillan EDC, and am a member of the Ewen Volunteer Fire Department. In the past I served on the McMillan Township zoning board and the E-TC School Board.

I was involved  in the Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital beautification project, and have donated much of my time to singing for the Memorial Day Services and auctioneering for fundraisers and benefits. I believe in helping our community in any way I can.  I have been an REA member for many years and know I would be a great addition to the REA board.
Thank you for your consideration!

Mike Urbis’ nominating petition.

Ann Gasperich

Ann Gasperich

Ann and her husband Tim have belonged to Ontonagon REA Boston District since 1989.  They started as seasonal customers. When they finished construction of  their dream home, they transitioned to regular members.  Ann has worked in county government for 25 years.  She continues to work in the equalization, construction codes and zoning department for Keweenaw County.  She is a State of Michigan Certified Assessing Officer.  This licensure assists her at the County and helping out Calumet Township.

Ann Gasperich’s nominating petition.