79th Annual Meeting a Success

With over 350 members and guests in attendance, Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative celebrated its 79th Annual Meeting at Wadena’s Maslowski Wellness and Research Center on Tuesday, April 16th.

In the board of director elections, Nominating Committee Chair Virginia Noska announced that incumbents Marie Katterhagen and Michael Thorson were re-elected for a three-year term. Noska also announced that incumbent Kristine Spadgenske was elected for a one-year term. Spadgenske was appointed to the board in January 2019 to fill a vacancy. An organizational meeting, held immediately following the Annual Meeting, resulted in the following officers re-elected: Tom Brichacek as Vice Chair and Marie Katterhagen as Secretary. Miles Kuschel was selected as Chair and Dale Adams was selected as Treasurer.

In his chairman’s message, Michael Thorson spoke to the members about the change in management as Robin Doege submitted his resignation and how the Board came to offer the position of CEO to Dan Carlisle. Thorson also explained how the polar vortex that came through Minnesota in January 2019 affected not only TWEC, but also Great River Energy (GRE) and the MISO market.

Members watched a video from 2018 Youth Tour Representative Kaija Weishalla, a junior at Bertha-Hewitt, about her trip to Washington, D.C. Weishalla was unable to attend the meeting in person, but she did thank the members in her video and shared some of her experiences from the trip.

David Ranallo, manager of marketing and member services at Great River Energy, attended the meeting to share information about beneficial electrification and different power sources. He presented a $1,000 check to be donated from GRE to the cooperative’s Community Trust Fund (Operation Round Up program), which benefits local organizations.

The Member Services report was given by Allison Uselman. She shared facts about rebates, and gave a recap of the top events which were held in 2018. Uselman also released the new Electric Vehicle Charging Rate which is now available to members. Lisa Graba-Meech reported on the cooperative’s stable financial status.

Dan Carlisle, TWEC President/CEO, spoke about change within the cooperative and around the state. Carlisle will continue to manage change to provide safe, reliable, and affordable electricity to members.

Following the meeting, members and guests were treated to a dinner catered by Maasconi’s in Verndale. Many gift card door prizes were given away, including three cash prizes.