Touchstone Energy Community Award

Michael Thorson, TWEC Board Chair, presents the 2016 award to Sebeka Comunity Asset Bilders representatives, Sheree Polman and Becca Pulju.

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, 2017.

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

2016 Winner:   Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative named Sebeka Community Asset Builders, as the winner of the local 2016 Touchstone Energy Community Award, according to the cooperative’s board chairman, Michael Thorson.

“Sebeka Community Asset Builders clearly demonstrates a strong commitment to our community and its families, that we at Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative value highly,” Thorson said. “We are very pleased to recognize their contributions to our local community.

Sebeka Community Asset Builders promotes, supports, and provides activities for the youth in their community. They have built relationships between families, children, and adults to make their community stronger.

Sebeka Community Asset Builders has sponsored holiday parties for Halloween, Christmas, and Easter, they have organized events for the community, like Sebeka’s National Night Out, and they’ve been a sponsor for Red Eye River Days, teen pool parties and teen track and field days.

S.C.A.B. has demonstrated that they are very dedicated to their community, and they are tireless in their efforts to bring quality and creative events for people of all ages to participate and enjoy.

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.”

Sebeka Community Asset Builders 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.