Touchstone Energy Community Award

Michael Thorson, TWEC Board Chair, presents the 2015 award to Mary Brauch, Project Linus Chapter Coordinator for Todd and Wadena Counties.

Each fall Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative seeks nominations for the cooperative’s Touchstone Energy Community Award. The award recognizes community groups or businesses that have made significant contributions to the local community. The winning organization will be presented with a plaque and a cash award of $500 for its cause.

Other Touchstone Energy Cooperatives will also be recognizing community volunteers in their local communities. All local winners contend for a statewide prize of $1,000, a beautiful award and a hotel stay to be in attendance for the statewide award presentation.

Eligibility: Organizations or individuals that have served a community need within the Todd and Wadena county service area are eligible.

Application Form:  Print, complete and submit the nomination form, giving a description of the project, program or event and the positive impact it has brought to the community is required. Send additional pages, photos, etc., if necessary.

Deadline: Applications need to be received by Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative on or before November 1, 2016.

Questions: Contact John George, Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative, 550 Ash Avenue NE, Wadena, MN 56482. Tel: 631-3120; 800-321-8932; Email:

2015 Winner:   Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative named Project Linus of the Todd and Wadena Counties, as the winner of the local 2015 Touchstone Energy Community Award, according to the cooperative’s board chairman, Michael Thorson.

“Project Linus clearly demonstrates a strong commitment to community that we at Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative value highly,” Michael Thorson said. “We are very pleased to recognize Project Linus contributions to our local community.”

Project Linus is a nationwide not-for-profit organization which is comprised of 350 chapters.  The Todd/Wadena Chapter exists to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to ages birth to 18 years who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through gifts of new, handmade blankets.

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative sought candidates for the Touchstone Energy Community Award, which recognizes organizations for outstanding contributions to the local community. “This area is blessed with many citizens and groups that are willing to donate time and effort to better our community,”  CEO Robin Doege said. “We are pleased that as a Minnesota Touchstone Energy cooperative, we have this opportunity to recognize those who impact our community in a positive way.”

Project Linus award application will be submitted for consideration in the statewide Minnesota Touchstone Energy Community Award. The statewide award recipient will be selected from local award winners from around Minnesota. The winning organization will receive $1,000 to go toward their community cause. The Minnesota Touchstone Energy Community Award will be presented to the award recipient in [March], during the Minnesota Rural Electric Association’s annual meeting in St. Paul.