On the Street: December 18

Alexandria office administrator prepares to retire, local cooperative reflects on impact of grants

Eileen Langner

Edward Jones office administrator announces retirement

Eileen Langner, a senior branch office administrator for an Edward Jones office in Alexandria, recently announced her retirement.

After almost 25 years of service with the firm, Langners's retirement will be effective Dec. 31. As a branch office administrator, she was responsible for the daily operation of a local Edward Jones office. Her duties included providing client service, supporting marketing activities for the office and staying updated on technological advances. Jamie Tikkanen will replace Langner.

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Runestone Electric Association spreads generosity

Operation Round Up, a Runestone Electric Association program, has distributed over $1 million in grants to community-minded groups and organizations since its inception in 2003.

More than 65% of REA members allow their bills to be rounded up to the next dollar, which is an average yearly contribution of $6. Runestone Electric Association currently serves more than 14,700 accounts.


The following 39 area organizations shared $24,000 in grants from Operation Round Up:

  • Fire Departments & First Responders: Ashby Fire Department ($1,000); Millerville Fire Department ($1,000); Cyrus First Responders ($1,000); Kensington Fire Department ($1,000); Garfield First Responders ($1,000); Lowry Fire Department ($1,000); Osakis Emergency Medical Responders ($500) and Holmes City First Responders ($850).

  • Youth: Osakis D.A.R.E program ($500); Osakis High School Trap Team ($200); Alexandria Youth Football ($200) and BIO Girls, Inc. ($200).

  • Community: Grant County Humane Society ($500); Lake Amelia Cemetery ($250); Ida Lake Association ($250); Honor Quilts ($1,000); Jingle Bells Foundation ($1,000); Evansville Community Club ($250); Lake Leven Cemetery ($250); Grant County Historical Society ($500); Bethel Memorial Cemetery Association ($250); Douglas County Car Care, Inc. ($1,500); Red Willow Arts Coalition ($500); Salvation Army ($1,000); Pope County Families in Need ($1,000); Titus II, Inc. ($750); True Friends ($750); The Written Gift ($500); Love INC of Douglas County Lakes Area ($1,500); Inclusion Network ($250); Indherred Lutheran WELCA ($250); Pope County Humane Society ($300); Radiothon to End Child Abuse ($1,000); Fryksande Cemetery Association ($250) and Andes Tower Hills Ski Patrol ($500).

  • Seniors: Osakis Senior Nutrition Center ($500) and Central Minnesota Elder Network ($750).

Area nonprofits and organizations are encouraged to apply for Operation Round Up grants. The deadline for the next round of funding is Feb. 5, 2021. Application forms can be completed online at .

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