Co-op Month Coloring Contest

October is National Co-op Month! TWEC is holding a coloring contest for co-op kids, 10 years and under!

Hey kids! Get out your crayons and do your best job coloring this fall coloring page for a chance to win a prize. Download coloring sheet here.

Please email a photo of the completed masterpiece to by October 26, 2020 or mail it to:

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative

Attn: Coloring Contest

PO Box 431

Wadena, MN 56482


Request for Proposal

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative requests proposals for the provisions of cleaning and sanitizing the Cooperative Headquarters on a regular schedule.

The new headquarters is 7,500 square feet that will require dusting, vacuuming, sanitizing, and other janitorial maintenance items. Tours of the facility to discuss expectations and goals are available.

Contact Abby Harrison at for the formal request for proposal and any questions you may have. Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative has full discretion in evaluating bids and awarding the final contract.

Bifurcated Annual Meeting: Part 2

Join us for the second part of our bifurcated annual meeting! The drive-in theater opens at 6:00 p.m., and members are encouraged to come early with yard games to enjoy prior to the meeting. At 7:45 p.m. there will be a brief business report from CEO Dan Carlisle and Board Chair Miles Kuschel. The movie will start at 8 p.m. Members will receive a concession ticket for water/soda, popcorn, and candy to enjoy while watching the movie, Grease!

When: Friday, September 18th

Where: Long Prairie Drive-In Theater 24257 Riverside Drive Long Prairie, MN 56347

August Activity Page for Kids

Download the Family Picnic Coloring Page

Emergency Energy-Assistance Funds Are Available

Emergency energy-assistance funds are available. You must apply by July 1, 2020 and it’s first come first served. Call your local agency to see the program details.

Energy Assistance, by county:
Becker, Hubbard, Otter Tail & Wadena
(Mahube OTWA)
218-847-1385 or 888-458-1385 (Detroit Lakes)
218-739-3011 (Fergus Falls)
218-632-3600 (Wadena)
218-732-7204 (Park Rapids)

Cass (Bi-Cap)
218-547-3438 or 800-332-7135 (Walker)
218-751-4631 or 800-332-7161 (Bemidji)
Douglas (West Central Communities Action)
218-685-4486 or 800-492-4805
Morrison (Tri-County)
320-251-1612 or 888-765-5597 
320-732-4516 or 888-838-4066

We’ve Pumped Up Our Rebates!

Air Source Heat Pump Promotions runs May 1, 2020-July 31, 2020

Ducted ASHP                                 2020 Promotion (May 1- July 31, 2020)

Required HSPF Level > 8.2               $1,000

Required HSPF Level > 9.0               $2,000

*Ducted ASHP must be installed by a quality installer. *

















Ductless ASHP                             2020 Promotion (May 1- July 31, 2020)

Delivered fuel* > 9.0 HSPF             $450

Electric heat** > 9.0 HSPF               $750

*Member’s main heat source is fuel oil, propane, or natural gas.

 **Member’s main heat source is electric.

















Heat Pumps may be the most efficient heating AND cooling systems available. That’s because they take the heat energy that is present in the air or in the earth and simply move it indoors. In the summer, they work in reverse, moving the warm air out of your home, keeping it cool and comfortable all summer long.

Air source heat pumps work by  transferring heat from outdoor air into you home. They are up to 300 percent efficient down to an outdoor air temperature of 26 degrees Fahrenheit, offering an alternative for your spring and fall heating.

For more information on rebates, contact the office at 218-631-3120 or 800-321-8932.

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative to Construct New Headquarters

Wadena, MN, April 9, 2020- Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (TWEC) Board of Directors unanimously voted to construct a new headquarters building at their Board Meeting on March 26th, 2020. The Cooperative has operated from its current facility since it was constructed in 1949, with an office addition built in the 1980s.

The decision comes in response to intense study and planning with appropriate experts to evaluate TWEC’s needs and possible solutions to determine the state of the building, which has served the Cooperative for 71 years. The evaluation examined the building’s structure, sustainability, building needs, building inefficiencies and recurrent flooding issues.

The current facility offers little insulation, no ventilation, and an inefficient HVAC system. The square footage of the facility is inefficient for office workflow. “As our current headquarters have served us well for the last 71 years, the Board realizes it is cost prohibitive to carry us for the next 71 years,” said Miles Kuschel, TWEC Board Chair.

The Board of Directors are working with Contegrity Group- a construction management company based out of Little Falls, MN. The architects have developed designs and specifications based on input from TWEC. The final bids selected came to a total price just over $2.7M, which was just below the Cooperative’s estimated $3M project cost. The project will not affect members’ rates.

“This decision has been given a vast amount of thought and due process over the years while taking into consideration the needs of our members and staff,” said Kuschel.

The new headquarters will boast hands-on displays for members to learn about energy efficiency, rebates, and overall ways to interact with the Cooperative. A small conference room will also be available in a private and comfortable setting where members can meet with TWEC staff.

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (TWEC) is a not-for profit distribution cooperative that is owned and controlled by the members they serve. TWEC is located in Wadena, has 8,900 member services in place with approximately 2,250 miles of line. TWEC’s service territory includes a majority of the rural areas of Todd and Wadena counties along with portions of Becker, Cass, Douglas, Hubbard, Ottertail and Morrison counties.

COVID-19 Update

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative COVID-19 Response

March 17, 2020- The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a Global Pandemic by the World Heath Organization. The President of the United States and Minnesota’s Governor have declared a state of emergency.

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative’s office will be closed to the public effective March 18th until further notice. We will not allow access to the general public, vendors or unauthorized personnel, to ensure that we keep our employees and members healthy and safe. Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative is proactively taking steps to protect employees’ health and safety to preserve our ability to maintain essential services to our members.

“TWEC is committed to deliver safe, reliable, and affordable electric service to our members, and we need our employees to be healthy and safe to do so,” said Dan Carlisle, President/CEO of Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative.

Line workers will continue to respond to power outages as they arise. If a home visit is required for a TWEC employee, a few additional questions may be asked prior to their visit. “Please be patient with our crews as they perform their duties. These extra precautions are being made for the safety of members and employees,” said Carlisle.

For members who typically make your payments in person, please utilize the drop box located in front of our office. Members can also make a payment by phone through the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) line at 877-999-3398. Additional payment options include by mail, or online through SmartHub.

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (TWEC) is a not-for profit distribution cooperative that is owned and controlled by the members they serve. TWEC is located in Wadena, has 8,900 member services in place with approximately 2,250 miles of line. TWEC’s service territory includes a majority of the rural areas of Todd and Wadena counties along with portions of Becker, Cass, Douglas, Hubbard, Ottertail and Morrison counties.



Wadena Boy Scouts Troop 54 Wins Award

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (TWEC) names Wadena Boy Scouts Troop 54 as the winner of the 2019 Touchstone Energy Community Award. The Wadena Boy Scouts received $500 to be used towards their community projects.

Boy Scouts provides young men and women an opportunity to obtain leadership skills and offers life-long learning skills to participants. These skills include, but are not limited to: first aid, lifesaving skills, emergency preparedness, canoeing, money management, personal fitness, and more.

“The Wadena Boy Scouts Troop 54 demonstrates a strong commitment to community and to the youth that we at TWEC value highly,” said Allison Uselman, Member Services Manager. “We are very pleased to recognize their contributions to our local communities and schools.”

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 organizations that are doing wonderful things to better our community,” Allison Uselman 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.”

Wadena Boy Scouts Troop 54 award application has been 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 February, during the Minnesota Rural Electric Association’s annual meeting in St. Paul.

Wadena Boy Scouts Troop 54 receives Touchstone Energy Award. Back L to R: Nate Tabery, Anna-Marie Tabery, Gaven Walz, Ben Keppers, Bob Keppers. Front L to R: Tony Slipp, Colby Schmid, Joshua Tabery, Jacob Hoppe.


FREE Member Appreciation Breakfast and Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive Event

All Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative members are invited to attend the 4th Annual Member Appreciation Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, September 21st at the TWEC Headquarters from 8-11:00 A.M.

Pancakes and sausage will be served, along with activities for the whole family! Kids can enjoy the bounce house obstacle course, and kids activities. Don’t forget to stop by the Hotline Safety Demonstration this year!

New this year is an Electric Vehicle (EV) Ride & Drive Event. There will be Evs on display, and EV owners who can answer questions. Member will have an opportunity to take an EV out for a test drive during the 8-11:00 A.M.