MCPA expresses deepest sympathy as we announce the passing of Board Member Oria Brinkmeier

Oria Albert Brinkmeier, age 90, of Lester Prairie

McLeod Cooperative Power Association (MCPA) Board Member Oria Brinkmeier passed away Sunday, January 29, 2023. Mr. Brinkmeier joined the MCPA Board in 2005 and represented District 1 for the past 18 years.

“Oria was a loyal and dedicated member of our Cooperative. During the past 18 years as a Board of Director, he put great emphasis on his responsibilities. He was always well-informed on the decisions at hand and was an important voice advocating for the Cooperative’s membership and employees,” said Ron Meier, CEO of McLeod Cooperative Power Association. “The value he brought forth as a director will be missed.”

During his tenure on the MCPA Board of Directors, Oria served as the member representative on the Great River Energy’s Board of Directors. He also represented MCPA’s interest as a voting delegate for many state and national committees.

Oria was a gentle and kind man that was always willing to listen and make informed decisions. He will be missed here at MCPA. Our family here at MCPA would like to express our gratitude for his dedicated service. We also extend our sympathies to his surviving family members.

Service Information

Oria Albert Brinkmeier, age 90, of Lester Prairie, formerly of St. Paul, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 29, 2023.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday, February 4, 2023, 11:00 A.M., at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, Minnesota, with a private family interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 4, 2023, from 9:30 – 11:00 A.M., one and a half hours prior to the service at the church.

A farmer in his heart to his last day, ensuring that everyone had enough to eat was very important to Oria. If you choose a memorial donation, it may be made to McLeod Emergency Food Shelf Attn: “Oria Brinkmeier Memorial” at or mailed to McLeod Emergency Food Shelf, 719 13th St East, Glencoe, MN 55336.