Members contribute more than $52,000

Members contribute more than $52,000

December 21, 2018

Grand Rapids, MN – Through the contributions of Lake Country Power's participating members, the Operation Round Up® Trust Board recently approved $52,850 in assistance to local community programs during its quarterly meeting.

The cooperative’s Trust Board reviewed and considered 60 grant applications and distributed funds to 51 projects and programs this past quarter. Since the program’s inception in October 2004, more than $2.2 million has been distributed to community-based projects and programs.

The Project READ Program serving Itasca County received $1,000 to help get books into the hands of kids.

“It’s wonderful when families can read together every day,” said Denise Rodgers, Project READ coordinator. “This contribution from Operation Round Up is very helpful because it’ll allow us to purchase new books so we can keep our book supply high.”

Rodgers added that Project READ welcomes donated books and volunteers, and can be contacted at or 218-327-5709.     

Operation Round Up recipients are pictured receiving
their community program funding at Lake Country
Power’s service center in Grand Rapids.

Most Recent Recipients

  • Bi-County Community Action Program, Inc.
  • Hope Lutheran Church Christmas food boxes
  • Lutheran Social Service of MN/Sr. nutrition
  • Salvation Army of Hibbing Christmas assistance program
  • Second Harvest North Central Food Bank
  • Deer River Area Food Shelf
  • Angel Foundation emergency financial assistance
  • Trinity Lutheran Quilters
  • Cromwell Bethany Lutheran Quilters
  • Bethel-Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Zion Love Project Quilts
  • Patchwork Pals Plus
  • City of Cromwell emergency alert siren
  • Wright Senior Center
  • Grace House of Itasca County
  • Ruby’s Pantry
  • Iron Range Historical Society
  • Tower-Soudan Lake Vermilion Area Events
  • Grand Lake Volunteer Fire Department
  • Cromwell Area Historical Club
  • Twelfth Step House, Inc.
  • ElderCircle Adult Day Stay
  • Breitung Township
  • Voyageurs Area Council
  • Embarrass Region Volunteer Fire Department
  • Home Visitor Program
  • Faith in Action for Cass County
  • Grand Rapids Amateur Lacrosse Association
  • Big Sandy Area Lakes Watershed Management Project
  • Floodwood Services & Training Inc.
  • Summer Work Outreach Project
  • Nashwauk-Keewatin High School Band
  • Jamie Tennison Compass Fund
  • Make it Monday’s after-school program
  • True Friends camp scholarships for disabled
  • Washington Elementary School PTO
  • Nashwauk-Keewatin Spanish Club
  • Hibbing Public Library festival
  • Cohasset Elementary at Laurentian Environmental Center
  • Hibbing Dylan Project
  • Nashwauk-Keewatin Spartan Cheerleaders
  • King Elementary School
  • Droba Warriors Robotics
  • Southwest Elementary field trip
  • Cook Public Library
  • Northland High School education trip
  • Remer Centennial Library
  • Project READ Program
  • Story Portage books for Babbitt
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids & Greenway
  • Mesabi Symphony Orchestra 

Operation Round Up® is a charitable program unique to electric co-ops, which is designed to provide financial assistance to worthwhile activities and community projects by “rounding up” member’s electric bills to the nearest dollar. The average donation of each participating Lake Country Power member is less than $6 annually.

“I serve on the Operation Round Up Trust Board, and it’s fantastic to read each application request,” said Bobbi Maish of Eveleth. “It’s a rewarding experience to know the positive impact you all are making in your communities.”

More than 71 percent of Lake Country Power members participate in the program through voluntary contributions. Interested members can opt into the Operation Round Up program by calling Lake Country Power at 800-421-9959 or using an online form at

Applications are available online at The next application deadline is February 15, 2019.

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