Youth Programs

Washington, D.C. Youth Tour

Sophomores and Juniors: See our nation’s Capitol City – all expenses paid!  

2018 Minnesota Youth Tour


For many years, Todd-Wadena has conducted a contest during the month of February to select one local high school student to win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 15-20, 2019 The winner travels with about 40 other Minnesota teens, joining about 1,800 others during the National Youth Tour in the Capitol City. Participants see the national monuments and Arlington Cemetery, visit legislators at the Capitol, and more.

The contest is open to sophomores and juniors whose parents/guardians are Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative members. Students must submit an application including a one-page typed essay explaining why they wish to visit our nation’s Capitol. Applications must be received by February 15, 2019.

Students with the top applications and essays will be invited back for an interview. Independent judges determine the winner, basing their decisions on written and verbal responses during the brief interviews, which will be held in early March.

The 2018 Youth Tour contest winner was Kaija Weishalla from Bertha-Hewitt High School. For more information about the youth leadership contest, contact the cooperative office, or click the following link:

2019 Youth Tour Application

2019 Youth Tour Flyer



Unclaimed capital credits are used to provide scholarships for graduating high school seniors. The total amount of available funds is divided equally among the nine schools in the co-op’s service area, and Todd-Wadena then rounds up each share to the next $50 increment. In recent years, each school has received an average of $550. Schools choose their own recipients for their allocations – many use the Dollars for Scholars selection process. To apply for the Todd-Wadena scholarships, students should speak with their school counselors.

4-H Sponsorships

2015 Tshirt DesignFor the past ten years or so, Todd-Wadena has held a T-shirt design contest for local
4-H’ers. Kids submit their designs and the winning entry adorns the T-shirts that the cooperative provides to each 4-H participant in Todd and Wadena Counties during their county fairs.


Todd-Wadena also sponsors 4-H Project Awards each fall.


Educational Programs

Safety Presentations. Todd-Wadena demonstrates safe work habits around electric lines using a table top model, complete with miniature vehicles, buildings, equipment and live electric lines. Trained cooperative personnel are available to give this safety program at no cost to youth and adult groups in the area.

School & Community Group Programs.  Todd-Wadena’s staff is available to give free, customized presentations to local groups on the following topics: electrical safety, energy resources, energy conservation, energy efficiency and cooperative business practice. Call us at 631-3120 or 800-321-8932 to schedule a presentation.