Nearly $36,000 given to local programs

Nearly $36,000 given to local programs

September 18, 2018

Grand Rapids, MN – Through the assistance of Lake Country Power's participating members, the Operation Round Up® Trust Board recently approved $35,850 in contributions to local community programs during its quarterly meeting.

The cooperative’s Trust Board reviewed and considered 33 grant applications and distributed funds to 29 projects and programs this past quarter. Since the program’s inception in October 2004, more than $2.1 million has been distributed to community-based projects and programs.

Most Recent Recipients

  • Queen of Peace Quilters
  • Hill City Police Department
  • South Ridge School Art Dept.
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Quilters
  • Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce community event
  • Hibbing Kinship Mentoring
  • Shield 616 gear
  • City of Tamarack defibrillator/first aid kit
  • Project Care Free Clinic
  • Range Transitional Housing, Inc.
  • Area Clothing Depot
  • Aitkin County Habitat for Humanity
  • Tower Soudan Civic Club
  • Itasca Choral Society
  • Itasca Community Connect mobile pantry
  • Wee Care Sewers-St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
  • St. Louis County Sheriff’s Volunteer Rescue Squad
  • ANGELS (Area Neighbors Giving Elderly Live-In Services)
  • Truman Blakesly American Legion Post 432 campground and RV park
  • First Lutheran Church, Ely Ladies Aid for quilts
  • ElderCircle Handy Hands Program
  • ElderCircle Groceries-to-Go
  • If the Dress Fits road show
  • Jacobson Community Foundation
  • Operation Community Connect/Homeless Coalition
  • Well Being Development/Northern Lights Clubhouse
  • Ely Winter Festival
  • Northeast Itasca Rescue/Bearville First Responders
  • 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.

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 November 15.

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