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2021 Award Winners

Since 2005, Dakota Electric’s Touchstone Energy Community Award has recognized local non-profit organizations that make a difference in the communities we serve. One winner and two runners-up are chosen from the applications received. Each receives $500, and the winner is entered into a statewide competition for a chance at a $1,000 prize. Learn more about the winners.

three people holding plaque

L-R: Dir. Bill Holton, Angel Foundation VP Development Kathy Tolo, Dir. David Jones. 

Angel Foundation

Angel Foundation, Mendota Heights, is the local 2021 Touchstone Energy Community Award winner!

Angel Foundation provides financial support to adults in active treatment for cancer, living in or treated in the Twin Cities area. This program assists with non-medical basic needs such as groceries, gas, utilities and housing payments.

Over the last 20 years, Angel Foundation has provided more than $10 million in aid to 20,000 Minnesotans.

4 people holding plaque

L-R: Dir. David Jones, MSS Program Director Kevin McCaleb, MSS Dir. of Development Shannon Brumbaugh, Dir. Bill Holton.

Midwest Special Services

Midwest Special Services in Apple Valley was a runner-up for the award.

Midwest Special Services has been supporting people with disabilities for more than 70 years, and currently serves about 70 people in Apple Valley. People who are served create art, go to work, connect with friends, explore new opportunities, go to the gym and more.

Directors Stacy Miller and David Jones (in back) with volunteer students and staff. 

Brainpower in a BackPack

BrainPower in a BackPack in Burnsville was a runner-up for the award. 

BrainPower in a BackPack is a hunger relief program available for all District 191 students, providing weekend food packages whose families struggle to put enough food on the table. Each week, more than 800 students are provided with food.