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$14,000 in grants given locally

The Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative's Community Trust board met Oct. 5 and approved grants totaling $14,111 for 15 local community service projects.

The following organizations were awarded grants in the latest round: Wadena County DAC, Eagle Bend Senior Nutrition, Foster Grandparents, Menahga Schools, Mental Health Consumer Survivors Network, Sebeka Fire & Rescue, Staples All-Veteran & Community Park, Staples Historical Society, Todd County Livestock Advisory, Wadena Area College Foundation, Wadena City Library, Wadena County Sheriff K-9, WDC Girls Basketball, Wadena Historical Society.

Operation Round Up is made possible by the members of Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative, who allow their monthly electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar, so that their change can "bring change to the local communities." While each individual's donation averages less than fifty cents a month, together the members raise about $30,000 a year -- all of which goes to community service projects. To date the program has given away more than $240,000 to nearly 300 service projects in the Todd-Wadena area.

An independent nine-member board meets twice a year to review applications and determine awards. Current Trust board members are Severin Blenkush, Browerville; Mike Heino, Sebeka; Roger Houselog, Staples; Mary Kobliska, Staples; Marci Olson, Sebeka; Jim Pratt, Clarissa; Rita Stracek, Browerville; Carl Trager, Browerville.

Local community service groups may apply for an Operation Round Up grant by stopping by or calling the cooperative office at (800)-321-8932 or by downloading a copy of the application form and guidelines from the Todd-Wadena Web site: Current applications deadlines are April 15 and Sept. 15.