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Organizations awarded Operation Round Up grants

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative's Community Trust Board awarded $9,600 in Operation Round up grants this month to 10 local organizations.

They are:

• City of Bertha: $1,200 toward playground resurfacing

• Bluffton Fire & Rescue: $450 toward CO/combustible gas detection

• Kinship of Todd-Wadena Counties: $1,000 toward activities for kids

• M State-Wadena: $1,300 toward 10th grade Career Day

• Riders of the Crow Wing: $950 for Class 5 gravel for arena

• Wahoo Valley Minnesota Deer Hunters Association: $900 toward gun safety classes

• Menahga Schools: $300 for Post Prom

• Staples Senior Citizens: $500 for portable air conditioner

• Todd County Council on Aging: $1,000 for electronic communications

• OtterTail-Wadena Long Term Recovery: $2,000 toward windows and doors for tornado victims.

Funds for Operation Round Up come from Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative members who allow their monthly electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar, with the change allocated to the Community Trust fund. The average donation is less than 50 cents a month, yet the trust fund typically donates about $30,000 annually to community service projects in the two-county area.

Todd-Wadena's Operation Round Up grant applications are reviewed and recipients selected three times a year by an eight-member volunteer Community Trust board. Application deadlines are the 15th of January, May and September. Local, nonprofit community service groups may apply for Operation Round Up grants 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 website: