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Operation Round Up grants awarded

Runestone Electric Association’s Operation Round Up has distributed more than $640,000 in grants to community-minded groups and organizations throughout the cooperative’s service territory since its inception in 2003.

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More than 65 percent of REA’s members allow their bills to be rounded up to the next dollar with the average annual donation being slightly more than $6.

The following 26 area organizations shared $16,400 in grants from Operation Round Up.

Fire Departments – First Responders: Holmes City Area First Responders, $1,000.

Youth: Brandon/Evansville Post Prom 2014, $200; Junior Achievement of Alexandria – District 206, $250; Children’s Advocacy Network, $800; and Jefferson High School Senior Graduation Party, $200.

Community: West Central Minnesota Communities Action, $1,000; Sewing Committee, $300; American Red Cross – West Central, $500; Brandon History Center, $600; United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties, $1,000; Douglas County Salvation Army, $1,000; Honor Quilts, $1,000; Bethel Memorial Cemetery Association, $250.

Pope County Families in Need, $1,000; Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra, $500; Alexandria Figure Skating Club, $250; Pioneer Public Television, $250; Alisha’s Care Center, $400; St. John’s Cemetery Association, $250; The Diaper Drive – Douglas County, $1,000; Radiothon to End Child Abuse, $1,000; and Jingle Bells Foundation, $1,000.

Seniors: Elder Network, $1,000.

Area organizations are encouraged to apply for Operation Round Up grants. The deadline for the next round of funding is Saturday, February 15.

Application forms are available by calling Runestone Electric at (320) 762-1121 or (800) 473-1722. Applications can be downloaded from the REA website:

Runestone Electric Association serves more than 13,600 members in the rural areas of Douglas, Pope, Grant, Stevens, Otter Tail, Stearns and Todd counties.

Representing some of the organizations receiving Operation Round Up grants in December were Corliss Stark, United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties; Jan Arneson, Pope County Families in Need; Janet Nelson and Chris Korkowski, Brandon History Center; (middle) Jennie Hevern, Douglas County Salvation Army; Sandy Susag and Karen Erickson, Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra; Beth Kuhn, Jefferson High School Senior Graduation Party; Janet Koep, West Central Communities Action; Barb Wiener, The Diaper Drive; Georgia Thesing and Sandy Spartz, Honor Quilts; (back) Ken Voigt, American Red Cross – West Central; Jerry Kolinowski, Children’s Advocacy Network; DeWayne Bisek, Operation Round Up Board Member; Matt Gilbertson, Jingle Bells Foundation and Dan Fuss, Holmes City Area First Responders. (Contributed photo)