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Dakota Electric awards $500 to local winners of award

Dakota Electric Association named Dakota City Heritage Village, Farmington, as the local 2013 Touchstone Energy Community Award winner. Defending the Blue Line, Hastings, Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network and Greenleaf Elementary School were named runners-up, and each of the four applicants received a plaque and a check for $500.

“Dakota Electric is proud to be able to recognize these organizations doing great work in our local communities,” said Greg Miller, Dakota Electric’s president and chief executive officer. “As a member-owned cooperative, we are committed to our local communities and this is a way to encourage and honor those who are like-minded.”

Dakota City Heritage Village serves as a historical resource for the county and provides educational opportunities and events for students, daycare groups, scouting organizations and adults to learn about local history.

Defending the Blue Line provides hockey equipment, free hockey camps and grants to pay local association fees for children of deployed military personnel. The organization helped more than 1,000 families in 2012.  

Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network provides support to veterans, service members and their families. The non-profit provides meals, daycare, housekeeping and more. Greenleaf Elementary received the award for their snack cart, which provides healthy snacks for children who otherwise may go without.

The Touchstone Energy Community Award recognizes organizations for outstanding contributions to the local community.

The Dakota City Heritage Village award application will be submitted for the statewide Minnesota Touchstone Energy Community Award. The statewide award recipient will be selected from local award winners throughout Minnesota and will receive $1,000. The Minnesota Touchstone Energy Community Award will be announced in March, during the Minnesota Rural Electric Association’s annual meeting in St. Paul. Dakota Electric’s applicants, Cheerful Givers and Kids ‘n Kinship have been past winners of the statewide Minnesota Touchstone Energy Community Award.