Manufacturers offer scholarships

The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association is offering scholarships from $500 to $1,000 through its Education Foundation for students interested in careers in manufacturing. Applications are due April 15, and can be downloaded at

The foundation was formed to address the shortage of people entering the manufacturing field by supporting students, school technical programs and educational institutions.

Last year, it awarded $8,500 in scholarships to students in manufacturing programs at seven colleges, including Alexandria Technical and Community College, the foundation said in a news release.

For more information, call 952-564-3041 or email


Pope County Families in Need wins

A Pope County nonprofit received $1,000 and was named the 2018 winner of Minnesota's Touchstone Energy Community Award.

Pope County Families in Need of Glenwood received the statewide award on March 16, during the Minnesota Rural Electric Association's annual meeting in St. Paul.

"Pope County Families in Need clearly demonstrates the strong commitment to community that Touchstone Energy cooperatives value," Joe Miller, a Minnesota Touchstone Energy representative, said in a news release.

The board of Runestone Electric Association's Operation Round Up recommended the organization and its director, Jan Arneson, for the award. The nonprofit uses meaningful work and meeting basic needs to teach self-sufficiency and improve self-esteem.

"Families helped by Pope County Families in Need establish a life-long relationship with a faithful friend and mentor in Jan Arneson," said Runestone CEO Kristin Dolan.

Runestone is one of 38 Touchstone Energy cooperatives in Minnesota.