Touchstone Energy Community Award


Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative Board Chairman, Michael Thorson (right) presents the 2017 Touchstone Energy Community Award to Menahga Area Gardeners Arlette Markkula (left) and Harry Samuelson (center) .

Each fall Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative seeks nominations for the cooperative’s Touchstone Energy Community Award. The award recognizes community groups or organizations 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 application 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, 2018

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

2017 Winner:   

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative named 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,” Michael Thorson said. “We are very pleased to recognize their contributions to our local community.”

The Menahga Area Gardeners was organized in 1992. The purpose was 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 the Menahga Area Gardeners, is the Memorial Garden. For more than 25 years, area gardeners have been volunteering their time to maintain the 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.