Youth Programs

Washington, D.C. Youth Tour

Sophomores and Juniors: An all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C.! 

2018 Minnesota Youth Tour


Each year, Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative holds a contest to select one local sophomore or junior high school student to attend the NRECA Youth Tour. This trip to Washington, D.C. is an all-expenses paid trip to see our nation’s capital, during June 20-25, 2020. The winner will travel with about 40 other Minnesota teens, and approximately 1,500 students from across the nation. Participants will learn about cooperatives, visit with legislators at the Capitol, see the national monuments, and make memories that will last a lifetime.


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 attend the 2020 Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.. Applications must be received by February 14, 2020.

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

The 2019 Youth Tour contest winner was Maggie Erickson from Sebeka High School. For more information about the youth leadership contest, contact the cooperative office, or click the following link:

2020 Youth Tour Application


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.






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.