He has been representing District #3 on the national board for the past 25 years and currently serves as assistant secretary.
Gilbertson was raised on a farm north of Vermillion and graduated from Vermillion High School. After high school, he went on to attend The University of South Dakota. He currently lives on a farm west of Vermillion.
Gilbertson is also Clay-Union Electric's representative on the South Dakota Rural Electric Board of Directors, which is headquartered in Pierre. He also was South Dakota's only representative on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Board of Directors, which is headquartered in Arlington, VA.
Gilbertson retired from the NRECA board after 15 years of enthusiastic and dedicated service last March, 2005. His leadership gained us much success in the legislative arena on issues such as the energy bill, RUS funding, PMAs, health-care, pension reform, economic development, tax exempt status, right-of-ways, postal regulations, clean air and safeguarding electric cooperatives as an entity.
Because of Gilbertson's ability to carry the message and fight the battles for Clay-Union Electric and all Rural Electric Cooperatives in South Dakota, Governor Rounds declared by proclamation Jan. 12 as Milo Gilbertson Day.
Gilbertson and his wife Sally have four sons, Glen, Marty, Gary and Neil. They are also the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren.
Gilbertson and Sally are members of St. Agnes Church in Vermillion.