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Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up donates $16,300 to local programs

Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up awarded $16,300 to 19 community organizations at its January 16, 2015 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 of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative.

Operation Round-Up grant recipients for winter 2015 are:

1. Amery Area Food Pantry, $1,500, to purchase food for local families

2. Team Genesys, St. Croix Valley FIRST LEGO League Team, $250, to provide entry fee into regional competition for homeschool children

3. Friends of DD Kennedy Environmental Area, $500, to restore 32 acres of prairie

4. Clear Lake Area Community Center, $1,000, to improve safe access to Community Center

5. Balsam Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, $1,000, to install a new sign at Pine Island Park

6. Car Care: Christians in Action, $1,000, to help people in need with car repairs so they have reliable transportation

7. Luck School District Family and Consumer Science Department, $500, to replace microwave and stove in classroom

8. Amery Lions Club, $1,000, to purchase materials to construct handicapped ramps on local homes

9. Lifeline Food Pantry, $1,500, to provides food assistance to local families

10. Amery Intermediate School Music Department, $500, to purchase small percussion instruments for music education

11. Milltown Public Library, $750, to support 2015 summer reading program for youth

12. Friends of Balsam Lake Public Library, $500, to host community program with best-selling author, Michael Perry, and his band

13. Indianhead Community Action Agency, Connections Store, $1,500, to help purchase food for 270 families in January and February

14. Polk County Emergency Management, $1,000, to provide search and rescue training for police, firefighters and emergency responders

15. Home and Away Ministries, Ruby’s Pantry, $1,000, to establish a community kitchen in Luck

16. Frederic Birch Street Elementary School, $500, to offer theme learning for students this school year

17. Frederic Community Education, $300, to host Prairie Fire Theatre

18. Grantsburg Area Food Shelf, $1,500, to help pay rent and utilities at new food shelf location

19. Frederic Football Club, $500, to help purchase a new blocking sled

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 The next application deadline is March 1. – from Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative

Photo: Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op’s Operation Round-Up program donated $1,500 to the Amery Area Food Pantry February 2. Funds will be used to purchase food for local families. L-R:  Food pantry volunteers Julie Riemenschneider, Gloria Lansin and Colleen Adams; Operation Round-Up Board Director Merle Bergren; food pantry volunteer Ruth Mugerauer; and Polk-Burnett General Manager Bill Schmidt.


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