Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 20 NO. 3  -  March 2017

MNTEG: Minnesota Touchstone Energy® Group


2017 has started out with much enthusiasm and excitement within MNTEG as we envision new and great ideas this year. Due to conversations between MNTEG and Anne Harvey, Director of Member Relations at Touchstone Energy, Touchstone Energy is planning to come to Minnesota for our next MNTEG meeting in June to give us guidance in educating our cooperative members. We have Touchstone Energy's support when and where we need it as we, (MNTEG), look forward to becoming stronger and even more beneficial to all participating cooperatives. Our committee members launched a membership drive in January 2017 to encourage those cooperatives which are not yet part of MNTEG to join us as well. Even though MNTEG started out in Minnesota, we do not limit membership to Minnesota cooperatives, but welcome our surrounding states as well.

Working as a group, we are utilizing an advertising firm in Duluth, Minn. called Giant Voices. It will assist with services such as billboards, television ads and radio spots, as well as exposure at our state high school tournaments. Giant Voices and Touchstone Energy have agreed to work together on MNTEG's behalf. With Giant Voices and Touchstone Energy working together, MNTEG can bring better and broader education to our members. Through member education, you, our members, can know where to go to find many helpful tips and ideas to save money on your electric bills. See website: www.touchstoneenergy.com

MNTEG does not stop with billboards, television, radio and state tournaments. The fourth cooperative value listed in the first paragraph was Commitment to Community. A portion of this principle includes support for our DNR (Department of Natural Resources). MNTEG covers the cost of publishing the State Parks and Trails guide books each year. In return, Touchstone Energy receives advertising spots in the guide books.

In addition to providing financial support to publish the guide books, we get our hands dirty as well. Cooperative employees, members and volunteers participate in Project GreenTouch, when each Spring we spruce up our local State Parks and Trails to get them ready for summer visitors. When people step in and lend a hand, it shows that they care about their community.

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