FAQ

Board of Directors

Who elects the board of directors?
What are the qualifications for director candidates?
How does a member become a board candidate?
How are members appointed to the Nominating Committee?
How do members vote?
Who counts the ballots?
Who are the current directors?

Co-op Connections Card

What is the Co-op Connections Card and how do I get one?
Where can I use the card for discounts?

Your Bill

What is the Basic Charge?
What is the Energy Charge?
What is a Power Cost Adjustment?

Power Plant Tours

What are the dates for the next tour for members?
How do I sign up?
What is the cost for the tour and when is it due?
Is this trip for members only?
What is the trip itinerary?

Scholarships

How does one apply for a Todd-Wadena Scholarship?
Where do the funds for scholarships come from?
How much money does the cooperative each for scholarships each year?

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Board of Directors

Who elects the board of directors?
Because cooperatives are member-owned, members are entitled to vote for directors to represent them, and to vote on any major issues, such as changes to the cooperative’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. Todd-Wadena’s elections are held at the annual meeting in April, when two or three of the seven board members’ terms expire. Directors serve 3-year terms.

What are the qualifications for director candidates?
Director candidates must be a cooperative member who receives electric service at the member’s primary residence and meets the qualifications set for in the cooperative’s Bylaws, Article III. Section 2 (page 4). Directors are responsible for strategic planning, approving policies, keeping informed on the affairs of the cooperative and the industry, and for promoting the best possible service at the lowest possible cost, while maintaining the financial stability of the cooperative. The board hires the cooperative’s CEO, attorney and auditing firm.

How does a member become a board candidate?
A Nominating Committee consisting of 5 to 11 members selects director candidates at least 60 days prior to the annual meeting. Members may contact the cooperative office or a member of the Nominating Committee prior to the Nominating Committee meeting to submit potential candidate names. Notice of the Nominating Committee meeting is printed in the cooperative’s newsletter prior to the meeting. Any 30 or more members make other nominations in writing to the cooperative not less than 50 days prior to the meeting.

How are members appointed to the Nominating Committee?
Members are invited to volunteer themselves or another member to serve on the Committee. A request for volunteers is made at the annual meeting for the next year’s Committee.

How do members vote?
Each membership or joint membership is entitled to one vote at a meeting of the members which vote shall be in person or by mail. Ballots received by the published deadline prior to the meeting are counted as a vote.

Who counts the ballots?
Ballots are collected and counted via scanning by Survey & Ballot System of Eden Prairie, MN.

Who are the current directors?
Michael Thorson, Chair; Dale Adams, Vice Chair; Norman Krause, Secretary; Gene Kern, Treasurer; Tom Brichacek, Director; Marie Katterhagen, Director; Miles Kuschel, Director.

Co-op Connections Card

What is the Co-op Connections Card and how do I get one?
The Co-op Connections Card is free to all Todd-Wadena members. By showing the card to local businesses or shopping for national deals online, you receive discounts – such as 10 percent off your purchase. If you should lose your card or need an additional card, just contact us.

Where can I use the card for discounts?
Click here for a list of local and national deals.

Your Bill

What is the Basic Charge?
The Basic Charge is a monthly fee members pay to help cover the fixed costs of supplying electricity. Poles, wires, transformers, vehicles, insurance, interest, and taxes are just a few examples of costs that the cooperative must pay regardless of how much or how little electricity is used by our members. These costs, which are reasonably predictable, are distributed fairly through a monthly fee.

What is the Energy Charge?
The Energy Charge reflects the cost of the electricity used and measured in kilowatt-hours (kWhs).

What is a Power Cost Adjustment?
A ‘Power Cost Adjustment’ (PCA) is a direct pass-through charge from our power supplier to account for energy market price fluctuations.
 

Power Plant Tours

What are the dates for the next tour for members?
The 2017 trip is Monday – Wednesday, July 24th–26th. Participants depart via charter bus from the cooperative office at about 10 a.m. on Monday and return at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

How do I sign up?
You can call the cooperative office at (218) 631-3120 or (800) 321- 8932 or email Tim Pavek, tpavek@toddwadena.coop. We will need your name, mailing address, and phone number.

What is the cost for the tour and when is it due?
Members pay $150 per person for a double occupancy room and $175 for single occupancy. That fee includes charter bus transportation, two nights lodging, breakfast both days, one lunch, and one evening meal. Fees are due about two weeks prior to departure.

Is this trip for members only?
The trip is open to all members and non-members. However, rates for non-members are $300 per person for a double occupancy room and $350 for single occupancy.

What is the trip itinerary?
Members will see the largest power plant in North Dakota, Coal Creek Station, and learn why this plant is vitally important to Great River Energy’s, and Todd- Wadena Electric Cooperative’s, needs. The tour will also include trips to the Falkirk Mine, Garrison Dam, and the North Dakota Heritage Center. A detailed itinerary is mailed to enrolled participants 2-3 weeks prior to the trip.

 

              

Scholarships

How does one apply for a Todd-Wadena Scholarship?
High school seniors should contact their school counselor to apply for a Todd-Wadena scholarship. Scholarships are available at these local schools: Bertha-Hewitt, Browerville, Eagle Valley, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Menaga, Sebeka, Staples, Verndale and Wadena-Deer Creek.

Where do the funds for scholarships come from?
Todd-Wadena uses its unclaimed capital credits fund for scholarships. (Cooperatives may use unclaimed capital credits for charity or educational purposes if unclaimed after a period of 7 years.) The total amount available in the fund is divided among the nine local schools and each school selects its own recipient(s).

How much money does the cooperative each for scholarships each year?
Scholarship amounts vary from year to year depending on the fund balance. If the fund balance should drop below $2700, the cooperative would donate to the fund to provide a minimum donation of $300 per school for scholarships.