Members share $50,000 through ORU

Members share $50,000 through ORU

June 25, 2019

Grand Rapids, MN – Through the contributions of Lake Country Power's participating members, the Operation Round Up® Trust Board recently approved $50,000 in assistance to local community programs during its quarterly meeting.

Goodland Township received $1,000 from Operation Round Up, which will cover sixty-percent of their project cost at the fire hall.

“The funds really help,” said Charles Miller, township supervisor of Goodland Township. “It’ll pay for the air compressor and hard lines that’ll be installed in the new fire hall addition, which will help keep our trucks charged and improve response times in emergency situations.”

The cooperative’s Trust Board reviewed and considered 57 grant applications and distributed funds to 56 projects and programs this past quarter. Since the program’s inception in October 2004, more than $2.3 million has been distributed to community-based projects and programs.

All funds generated through Operation Round Up are set aside in a trust fund. A voluntary Trust Board of nine co-op members administers the Trust. Of the funds collected through the program, 100 percent is distributed to charitable organizations through an application and selection process. The trust board uses special guidelines and policies when choosing recipients.

Most Recent Recipients

  • Hill City Area Food Shelf
  • Society of St. Vincent DePaul
  • Lake Vermilion Guides League
  • Friends of Wirtanen Pioneer Farm
  • Minnewawa Sportsmen’s Club
  • Shamrock Township
  • Grand Itasca Foundation
  • Great Minds Learning Center
  • Caring For The Kids Community
  • Iron Range Flag Football League
  • Itasca County Family YMCA
  • Barnum Area Community Club
  • McDavitt 4-H Club
  • Washington Elementary School P.I.E.
  • Carlton County Riders Club
  • Mobility Mania, fiscal agent GRACF
  • Bovey Farmer’s Day Association
  • Story Portage
  • Voyageurs Area Council
  • Northern Lights Music Festival, Inc.
  • Cherry Elementary School – Tamminen FamForest
  • Itasca Orchestra Strings Program
  • Boys and Girls Club – Leech Lake Area
  • Hill City school band
  • Northwoods Friends of the Arts
  • Vermilion Community College/Academic Resources Center
  • Volunteers in Education
  • United in Christ Lutheran Quilters world relief
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church Quilters
  • Covenant Church Quilters
  • Nashwauk Lutheran Church
  • Queen of Peace Quilters
  • City of Cromwell
  • Hibbing Kinship Mentoring Program
  • Minnesota Canoe Museum
  • Lake Vermilion Traditional Pow Wow Committee
  • Range Regional Animal Rescue
  • ANGELS – a living at home block nurse program
  • Ely-Winton Historical Society
  • Precious Paws Humane Society of Chisholm
  • Alborn Fire Department
  • Holy Hootenanners
  • Slovenian Union of America-Branch 23 Ely
  • Pike for Vets
  • Goodland Township
  • Kindred Family Focus
  • New Beginnings Pregnancy Care Center
  • Special Olympics Road Runners
  • The Lakeside Community Club
  • Father’s Hart & Hands Food Shelf
  • ElderCircle
  • ElderCircle Adult Day Stay
  • Well Being Development/Northern Lights Clubhouse
  • Northwoods Partners 

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.

Nearly 75 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 August 15.

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