Touchstone Energy Community Award

Every year Dakota Electric provides three Touchstone Energy Community Awards to nonprofit groups, community organizations and businesses that have shown a strong commitment to their community.

The award acknowledges the efforts of those who have impacted numerous people, addressed unmet community needs or provided necessary services.

Each winner receives a check for $500, and one recipient is chosen to contend against other award winners from across the state for a cash prize of $1,000. The statewide award winner is recognized at the Minnesota Rural Electric Association’s annual meeting in February or March.

Pictured to the right are Dakota Electric board members Margaret Schreiner (L) and Janet Lekson (R) with the 2016 award recipients (L-R): Cress Gackle, Allen Saunders and Dan Retka, River Valley Band; Jan Belmore, Kids ‘n Kinship; and Navin Mahavijiyan, Eagan Arts Festival.

Past winners include:

  • Vineyard Community Services
  • Dakota Ramblers 4-H
  • Hope for Tomorrow
  • Miracle League Project
  • Military Family Support Group

  • Town Square Television
  • Dakota City Heritage Village
  • Defending the Blue Line
  • Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network
  • Kids ’n Kinship

The deadline for applications is Nov. 1.

Applicants are evaluated on project scope, use of resources and the impact or value to the community. For questions, call 651-463-6234.

Download application (PDF)

Every year Dakota Electric provides three Touchstone Energy Community Awards to non-profit groups, community organizations and businesses that have shown a strong commitment to their community. The award acknowledges the efforts of those who have impacted numerous people, addressed unmet community needs or provided necessary services.

Each winner receives a check for $500, and one recipient is chosen to contend against other award winners from across the state for a cash prize of $1,000. The statewide award winner is recognized at the Minnesota Rural Electric Association’s annual meeting in February or March.