Annual Meeting

As member-owners, all Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative members are invited to participate in the cooperative’s Annual Meeting. TWEC’s Annual Meeting is typically held in the month of April. The Annual Meeting provides members with information about the cooperative’s growth, financial health, board election, and programs available to members. In addition to the annual meeting, which is officially required by our bylaws, there are many member appreciation events held throughout the year.

2021 Annual Meeting

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative’s 2021 Annual Meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, April 20th at 5:30 p.m., you can tune into our Annual Meeting on the radio at 101.7 FM KWAD and 99.7 FM Hot Rod Radio KXDL. You can Also log in virtually via SmartHub and click on the Annual Meeting link.

Cooperatives are democratic entities, owned by those they serve and governed by elected representatives. In order to underscore this important cooperative principle, we offer multiple ways to cast your vote. 

2021 Voting Options

Vote By Mail

Election ballots are scheduled to be mailed to all Todd-Wadena members March 15th. The ballots will look like the sample to the right. The order of candidate names will be rotated among ballots. After marking your votes, you will be instructed to insert your completed ballot into a secret ballot envelope, and then to seal and place that envelope into a pre-stamped, pre-addressed envelope to return by mail.
The return envelopes are pre-addressed to Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS) in Eden Prairie where the ballots will be secured, scanned, and tallied. SBS is a professional election management company that oversees the balloting process for the cooperative.
NOTICE CONCERNING MAILING ENVELOPES: There are two envelopes to be returned with each ballot. One is the pre-addressed envelope to Survey & Ballot Systems, the other is the secret ballot envelope. It is very important that the ballot is first placed into the secret ballot envelope, and then that envelope is placed into the pre-addressed envelope to be mailed. If the ballots are not in a secret ballot envelope they cannot be counted as a valid vote.

  • Please return your ballot in the enclosed envelopes. Your ballot must be received by mail at Survey & Ballot Systems by April 20, 2021.
  • Return your ballot in the enclosed envelopes in the drop box outside Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative’s office by 9:00 A.M. on April 15, 2021.

Vote Online via DirectVote

There will be instructions with the ballots you receive in the mail on how you can vote online using DirectVote. You will not need a SmartHub account in order to vote this way. Once you’ve authenticated through the DirectVote page, follow the directions to cast your vote.

Vote Online via SmartHub

Log into your SmartHub account and look for the “Vote Now” button in the upper right corner. Follow the instructions to finish casting your vote. 

Complete Text of Proposed Bylaw Amendments

Proposed Bylaw Amendments

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (TWEC) Bylaws are the rules by which the Cooperative is operated. The Bylaws and all amendments are adopted and approved by members at TWEC’s Annual Meeting. At various times, the membership has voted to amend the Bylaws to keep up with changes the Cooperative is experiencing. You may remember the last Bylaw change in 2013 when the membership approved electronic voting!
The TWEC Board of Directors, representing your interests at the Cooperative, is unanimously recommending a series of amendments. The following proposed Bylaw amendments will be voted on by members. If approved, these changes will become effective on April 20th, 2021.

2021 Board Candidates

Tom Brichacek
Tom Brichacek

Tom and his wife Aimee, live in rural Staples with their two daughters— Abby and Lily. They will be married for 20 years on April 21st, the day after the Annual Meeting.

Tom was born in Moran township and attended school in Staples. He attended Alexandria Technical College, receiving a degree in Marketing and Sales Management. Currently he is part-owner and Vice President of Miran Creek Furniture, Inc. and is in charge of all day-today operations, including accounting, advertising, customer service, and production. He is also on the Sacred Heart Area School Board and previously served as Chair, and on the boards of the Staples Area Food Shelf, Staples/Motley FFA Alumni, and the eight parish Area Catholic Community where he served as the initial Chair and helped develop the strategic plan for the eight parishes.

As a director on the TWEC board since 2012, Tom serves as Vice- Chair and has completed the Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) certificate. “Working with the entire board, staff, and employees to make decisions that are in the best interest of the members of our cooperative makes serving on the board enjoyable. I work hard to ensure all of the decisions we make are thought out and will serve our membership for years to come. I would appreciate your vote for me to continue to serve.”

Miles Kuschel
Miles Kuschel

Miles, his wife Sarah, and their three children live east of Nimrod, where he is a third-generation cattle rancher. They use rotational grazing to provide forage for the cattle and produce much of their own hay. A Sebeka High School graduate, Miles attended the UW-Madison Farm & Industry Short Course earning a degree in Beef Production. He has served various roles within the Cass Co. Farm Bureau, American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers, Ansel Township Board, and is currently serving on the FCC Broadband Task Force; Data and Mapping Group. He also serves as a District Director for the MN Farm Bureau State Board. Miles volunteers for 4-H, FFA, and Second Harvest Heartland, among others.

Miles has spent much of his term on the Todd-Wadena board advocating for a reliable and affordable electric supply and continues to promote Beneficial Electrification. “Anytime we can save members money and make their lives easier, we need to put our efforts into making it succeed,” Miles states. He has worked with both state and federal legislators to ensure that they understand how the rules and regulations affect our members of today and tomorrow. Miles says, “I’m genuinely concerned at the government’s current pace of mandates and regulations. We must continue to tell the agencies how they impact our small towns, family farms, and families.” Miles’ focus for the upcoming term will be keeping members’ rates affordable, increasing broadband access, meeting members’ concerns, and promoting youth involvement.

Miles is humbled to have the opportunity to serve the Cooperative and looks forward to continuing to serve members. He says, “I enjoy receiving questions from members about how the industry is evolving at a rapid pace, and I am excited for the future of the Co-op as the electric vehicle goes from concept to reality. We really have an opportunity to save members a lot of money— whether on transportation, home automation, off-peak rates, or a host of other things. We want to be your trusted resource when it comes to all things energy. I really appreciate the work of our staff and the support of our valued members as we continue to work back towards normal!”

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