Menahga Area Gardeners Awarded Local Touchstone Energy Community Award

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative names Menahga Area Gardeners the winner of the 2017 Touchstone Energy Community Award.

Todd-Wadena’s board chairman Mike Thorson presented the award to Menahga Area Gardeners members Arlette Markkula and Harry Samuelson. The Menahga Area Gardeners also received $500 to be used towards their gardening projects.

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

Menahga Area Gardeners was organized in 1992. The group’s purpose is to educate members and the community in all phases of gardening, horticultural practices, and flower arranging. They also promote civic beauty and aid in the conservation of natural resources.

One of the ongoing projects for Menahga Area Gardeners is the Memorial Garden. For more than 25 years, area gardeners have been volunteering their time to maintain this space where visitors come to relax and enjoy nature. The garden has hosted many weddings and family gatherings throughout the years. Many organizations meet in the gazebo throughout the seasons. The Menahga Area

Gardeners hope that everyone who visits the garden leaves with a rejuvenated spirit.

Menahga Area Gardener’s 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 its 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.

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