Board of Directors.

Board of Directors.


District One


Vice Chairperson
District One


District Four


District Two


District Three


District Four

Morris Nelson – Chairperson – District One

Morris has been on the Board of Directors at Consolidated Telephone Company since 2004 and has held the position of Treasurer from 2010-2014, as Vice President from 2014-2016 and currently serves as Chairperson.

In addition to the CTC Board of Directors, Morris has been the Treasurer of Darling Lutheran Cemetery Association since 1992 and a member of the Masonic Lodge and Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls.

Mr. Nelson is retired and has lived in the Randall area his entire life. He worked for Minnesota Power for 21 years and in road construction for 20 years prior to that.

Morris’ interests include motorcycling and working with steam equipment.

Kathy Kobliska – Vice Chairperson – District One

Kathy has been on the Board of Directors at Consolidated Telephone Company since 1998 and has held the positions of Treasurer from 2003-2010 and 2014-2016, Vice President from 2013-2014 and currently serves as Vice-Chairperson.

Ms. Kobliska has lived in the Lincoln area her entire life and for the past 33 years has owned and operated Kathy’s Kut & Kurl of Lincoln. She is also a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Staples and the Lincoln Area Business Association in addition to being an election judge for Fawn Lake Township in Todd County for the past five years. She enjoys ice fishing, deer hunting, traveling and camping in her spare time.

Kathy and her husband, Steve, have two sons and three grandchildren.

Mike Wetzel – Secretary – District Four

Mike has been on the Board of Directors at Consolidated Telephone Company since 2004 and has served as Secretary from 2010-2013.

He is also the Chairman of the Cass County Planning Commission and also serves on the Cass County Board of Adjustment. Mr. Wetzel is retired after owning and operating Wetzel’s Auto Service Center, where he worked for over 50 years. His interests include cars, being around the water, traveling, camping and woodworking.

Mike and his wife, Kathy, have eight children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jerry Palm – Treasurer – District Two

Jerry has been on the Board of Directors at Consolidated Telephone Company since 2003. Prior to his election to the Board, Jerry spent over 30 years as a Combination Technician with CTC.

Jerry has been a member of the American Legion for over 45 years. Mr. Palm is retired and has lived in the Nokay Lake area for most of his life. He enjoys fishing, hunting and gardening in his spare time. He and his wife, Peggy, have five children and several grandchildren.

Chad Converse – Director – District Four

Chad Converse has been on the Board of Directors at Consolidated Telephone Company since 2013.

He grew up in the Outing area and graduated from Remer High School and the University of Minnesota with a BS degree in Forest Management. He is married and has two grown sons/daughter-in-laws and two grandsons.

Chad has served on and been a member of numerous organizations including May Township, the Pillager Area Fire Protection Association, MN Forestry Association, Central MN Small Woodland Owners Association, Society of American Foresters, the MN Association of Consulting Foresters and Faith Lutheran Church in Staples. Additionally, he volunteers for many church activities as well as the Staples/Motley Middle School Math Program.

Chad worked for the USDA Forest Service for 34 years prior to retiring and becoming a self-employed forester and farmer. He was a Staff Sergeant when he served in the AK Army National Guard. He has owned his farm in the rural Motley area since 1971. In his spare time he enjoys raising horses and square dancing.

Kirk Smith – Director – District Three

Kirk Smith has been on the Board of Directors of Consolidated Telephone Company Board since 2017.


He has lived in the Outing area since 1982 and is the President and General Manager of Land O’Lakes Marine in Outing. Prior to that he was the Owner/Operator of Smith’s Country Store.


Smith is a Board Member for Shamineau Ministries in Motley and the Elder Board Chairman for Crosslake Evangelical Free Church. He retired with 30 years combined service in the EMS and Outing Volunteer Fire Department. He also has a 1st Degree Black Belt from UMA.


In his spare time, he enjoys fishing.


Kirk is married and has two children and three grandchildren.

CTC Officers.

Kristi Westbrock


Mark Roach