Commissioners

The North Branch Water & Light Commission is comprised of five commissioners. All commission members are appointed by the North Branch City Council.

The board meets twice a month on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. Click here for upcoming meetings. 




Terry Smith - Chair          Phone: (651) 757-7082       Email: terrys@nbpuc.com                                                      Terry Smith
Term ending 12/31/2021
Commissioner Smith
is a 5 year resident of North Branch and a user of both water and electrical services. He has familiarity with city operations and public works. Terry was elected to the Forest Lake City Council in 1998 and as Mayor in 2004. He also served an accumulated 15 years on the Governor’s Workforce Development Council, the State Rehabilitation Council, and the State Board of Technical Colleges, where he served as President of the board until the merger and creation of MNSCU. Terry’s goal is to increase the degree of professionalism on both the Water & Light Commission and with the Utility’s general daily operations, and to insure customers are receiving the best value possible in water and electrical services.

Tom Hals - Secretary       Phone: (651) 674-7636        Email: thomash@nbpuc.com                                                 Thomas Hals 
Term Ending 12/31/2021
Thomas Hals has been appointed as a Secretary to the Water & Light Commission. A lifelong resident of North Branch, Tom Hals is a retired Registered Professional Civil Engineer. He spent 41 years in the sewer and water construction industry. Tom and Candi Hals have been married 48 years, have two children and two grandchildren.

Nathan Keech - Vice Chair         Phone: (651) 764-0909         Email: nathank@nbpuc.com                                       Nathan Keech
Term Ending 12/31/2022
Nathan Keech moved to North Branch in 2018. In 1999, he founded Keech Media; a marketing agency for small - medium size organizations. Keech Media developed the new logo for the City of North Branch. Nathan currently serves as a commissioner for North Branch Water and Light. He also serves on the board of directors for the North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce and as a commissioner with the Chisago County HRA/EDA.

James Baxter - Commissioner          Email: jamesb@nbpuc.com
Term Ending 12/31/2023

Peter Schaps - Commissioner           Email: peters@nbpuc.com
Term Ending 12/31/2022