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Federated Rural Electric coordinates GreenTouch spruce-up day at Kilen Woods

by | Apr 15, 2024 | Member Co-op News | 0 comments

— Federated Rural Electric in Jackson, your local Touchstone Energy Cooperative, will sponsor a clean-up day at Kilen Woods State Park, north of Lakefield.

The spring clean-up day is set for Saturday, May 4, when electric cooperative employees, customers and the general public will set aside a work day in various parks throughout the state.  Volunteers will clean picnic shelters, fix existing structures, pick up branches and litter on the trails.

Locally, Federated Rural Electric employees, customers and the general public are invited to Kilen Woods State Park, northeast of Lakefield from 9 a.m. to noon. All ages are welcome. Volunteers will enjoy hot dogs, chips and cookies for lunch.

Volunteers will:

  • Pick up litter on hiking trails and trim branches • Clean picnic shelter and office building
  • Scoop out campfire pits • Pick up fallen branches
  • Rake tent sites and campground area • Rehab existing picnic tables
  • Paint amphitheater seats & sign posts

For more than 20 years Federated, as a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, has sponsored GreenTouch clean-up day.

“Kilen Woods staff always looks forward to GreenTouch day,” stated Jason Honkomp, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We appreciate the many volunteers that help get the park spruced up for the summer camping and hiking season.”

You do not need to be a Federated member to volunteer.  Volunteers need to RSVP by noon May 2 so enough hot dogs are purchased. Call or e-mail Federated at 847-3520, 1-800-321-3520 (press extension 2224 for Andrea) or GreenTouch volunteers receive free access to the park on this day. In case of rainy/snowy weather listen to KKOJ 1190 or check Federated’s Facebook page.

“GreenTouch is one way Touchstone Energy Cooperatives demonstrate their commitment to the community,” stated Scott Reimer, Federated’s general manager. “We’re proud of the way our members and employees have shown their cooperative spirit by volunteering to spruce up our state parks, but we’re not surprised by their generosity. It comes naturally to them.”

Touchstone Energy is the co-brand used all over the nation to market what local electric cooperatives stand for: Integrity, Accountability, Community Involvement and Innovation.  The state park sponsorship fits well with the Touchstone Energy commitment.

Federated is a rural electric cooperative serving 5,300 members in Jackson and Martin Counties.