Oakdale Electric Cooperative recently won two awards of excellence for presentation of local news in the Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News, the voice of the state's rural electric cooperatives. Deana Protz, currently executive assistant/human resources manager at Oakdale Electric Cooperative, served as the editor of the co-op's local pages within the magazine during 2020-2021, the time of this judging cycle. Awards were presented at the 2022 Electric Communicator's Conference in Wisconsin Dells August 24.
Oakdale Electric Cooperative's magazine pages were adjudged to have been the best overall in the category of Energy Education, and they also earned an Honorable
Mention in the category of Photography for the previous year.
Founded in 1940, the Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News focuses on statewide issues that affect electric cooperatives, promoting the general welfare of Wisconsin's electric cooperatives, their member-owners, and the areas they serve. Nineteen electric cooperatives throughout the state are responsible for their own local sections within the magazine, which reaches 152,000 mailboxes each month.