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Operation Round-Up donates $12,440 to local programs

Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up awarded $12,440 to 21 community organizations at its July 6, 2016, meeting. Funding for Operation Round-Up is donated by members of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative who round their monthly electric bill up to the next even dollar amount. Grant recipients are selected quarterly by a committee of co-op members, with financial donations awarded to nonprofit organizations that improve our local quality of life. “Community support is a core value and one of our seven cooperative principles,” said General Manager Steve Stroshane.

Operation Round-Up grant recipients for summer 2016 are:

1. Osceola School District, School Counseling Family Challenge Program, $250, to sponsor family-time program

2. Turtle Lake School District K-12 Art Department, $500, to purchase supplies for K-12 ceramics program

3. Balsam Lake Water Ski Show Team, $250, to purchase equipment and first aid kit

4. Polk County Historical Society, $550, to purchase solar window shades for archive and reference room

5. Moms and Dads Against Meth, $1,000, to help fund safe, sober residences for women in Polk and Burnett counties

6. Farm, Feral & Stray, $250, to spay, neuter and give rabies vaccinations to stray cats in Polk and Burnett counties

7. Amery Area Senior Center, $1,000, to offer support groups for people affected by Alzheimer’s, depression and cancer

8. Lake Country Pedalers Bicycle Club, $890, to purchase picnic tables for Kiezer Lake bike and camping area

9. Friends of Polk County Information Center, $500, to purchase fencing for new Polk County Dog Park

10. St. Croix United Futbol (Soccer) Club, $500, to help purchase a portable scoreboard for Unity-St. Croix Falls soccer

11. Grantsburg Village Improvement Program, $500, to help fund an electronic sign for the Grantsburg community

12. Burnett County Family Resource Center, $500, to support the Fun and Fit Families program

13. Siren Chamber of Commerce, $500, to help fund reprint of Siren brochure and tour maps

14. Kinship of Polk County, $1,000, to support mentoring at all eight Polk County school districts next school year

15. Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, $1,000, to support new home construction and renovation for local families who cannot obtain traditional home financing

16. Franconia Sculpture Park, $250, to offer free programs and transportation for kids in Polk and Burnett counties

17. Clear Lake Junior/Senior High School, $1,000, to help sponsor suicide prevention program

18. Quarter Moon Acres Equine Therapy Center, $1,000, to support general operations, including rides for clients, training and safety equipment

19. Lamar Community Center, $500, to provide summer art programs for youth

20. Wannigan Days Celebration, $250, to support community entertainment and education

21. Amery Swedish Club, $250, to present 6th Midsummer celebration and keep Scandinavian traditions alive

Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a grant or co-op members who’d like to round their bill up in support of Operation Round-Up may contact 800-421-0283 or visit our Operation Round-Up page. The next application deadline is September 1.

Operation Round-Up grant check to Amery Senior CenterPhoto: Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-up awarded a $1,000 grant to the Amery Area Senior Center July 14. Funds will help with support groups for people affected by Alzheimer’s disease, depression and cancer; support groups are open to everyone. Presenting and accepting the grant L-R are: Milton Johnson, senior center board member; Kari Fladwood, senior center executive director; Wendall Anderson, senior center board member; Polk-Burnett employees Rebekah Lindner, Debbie Waalen and Sandy Beauvais; and Operation Round-Up board directors Merle Bergren and Gary Ganje.


Operation Round-Up grant check to Habitat for HumanityPhoto: Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative employees volunteered at the Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity build site in Frederic July 21, and the co-op’s Operation Round-Up program awarded a $1,000 grant to support the efforts of Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity. L-R: Robert Johnson, owner of the new Habitat home; Patricia Kytola, executive director of Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity; Robert Babel, construction manager, with Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op employees Joan O’Fallon, Lisa Nick, Mike Peterson and Ken Knauber.


Photo: Polk-Burnett Operation Round-Up awarded a $1,000 grant to Quarter Moon Acres Equine Therapy Center in rural Amery July 26. Grant funds will support training, safety equipment and horse rides for people of all ages with disabilities. L-R: Steve Stroshane, Polk-Burnett general manager; Merle Bergren, Operation Round-Up board director; Kristi Hart and Patti Jo Anderson of Quarter Moon Acres with therapy horses; Todd Schulte, Polk-Burnett member services manager and Gary Ganje, Operation Round-Up board president.

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