Concern for Community: A Defining Principle for Co-ops // October 2022 CEO Column

Celebrated nationwide during the month of October, National Co-op Month is an annual opportunity to look at the many aspects that make cooperatives unique. Cooperatives are motivated by people and their needs, not by profit. The seven cooperative principles guide electric cooperatives to operate differently from other utilities, putting the needs of their members first. […]

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Democratic Process // August 2022 CEO Column

The democratic process is at the heart of everything cooperatives do, and it all starts with member participation in electing your board of directors each year at our annual meeting. We call that “grassroots” efforts because you are advocating for change at the local level, at the “root” of the organization. Cooperatives are also involved […]

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Reliability // CEO Column July 2022

Reliable power is an expectation that many of us never have to think about and hadn’t until events in other parts of the United States exposed how fragile the grid can be. Both California (2020) and Texas (2021) suffered blackouts that impacted thousands of customers. As of late, and much closer to home, there have […]

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Dedicated Employees // CEO Column June 2022

The May storms that hit not only Todd-Wadena’s service territory, but many of our neighbors as well, brought unprecedented outages. As our team of employees worked hard to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, we were encouraged by the support we received from cooperative members. I want to take this opportunity to thank […]

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Economic Development // CEO Column May 2022

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (TWEC) is helping to grow local communities that provide jobs, tax revenues, and healthy businesses – all vital to a thriving community. To support this objective, we offer two economic development loan programs. The loans are intended to create employment opportunities, improve infrastructure, and/or improve the quality of life in rural areas. […]

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2021 in Review // CEO Column April 2022

With our Annual Meeting coming up soon, it is a great time to reflect on what Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (TWEC) accomplished over the past year. I am pleased to report that the Cooperative had another strong year in 2021. OperationsLast year was one of TWEC’s biggest construction years ever, with 152 new services installed. We […]

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