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Operation Round Up® awards $39,391 to community programs


Seated: James Hess – Bemidji Area Schools; Brandon Mustful – Great River Rescue; Jim & Karen Corcoran - Friends of the Big Bog State Park; Joan Moorhead – Laporte School; Ginny Kurtzweg – Bemidji Early Childhood Initiative; Tammy Rogers, Luke Rogers, Civil Air Patrol/Northland Composite Squadron Standing: Tony Petrie – Beltrami County Sheriff's Office K9; Paul Yule, Susan Hazard, Pet Fixers; Darlene Morgenstern-Loch, Lutheran Social Services Senior Nutrition; Diane Huberty, Red Lake High School, Kelly Hanks, Bemidji Public Library; Sarah Markert, Community Resource Connections; Ray Ritchie, Confidence Learning Center; Lavon Weidenborner , Northome School PTO; Karen Holstein Bedeau, Northwoods Caregivers; Mary Knox-Johnson, Northern Artist Association/Gallery North; Barbara Pavek, Society of St. Vincent de Paul; Kristine Cannon, Bemidji Community Theater; Larry Ellingson, Adult Day Services; Jean Christensen, Minnesota Thrive Initiative; Kim Williams, Show Choirs of Bemidji; Carlyne & Rich Raymond, Hope Lutheran Church; Jack Judkins, Bemidji Community Food Shelf; Beltrami Electric Cooperative Trust Board Members Michelle Sand, Sharon Lembke

Bemidji, Minn. - Thanks to the generosity of Beltrami Electric Cooperative Members, the Beltrami Electric Cooperative Trust Board for Operation Round Up® recently awarded 28 grants to area nonprofit and community organizations totaling $39,391. Grant applications were received representing more than $174,000 in local community projects.

Operation Round Up® is a charitable program unique to electric cooperatives and is designed to give members a means of working together to use their small change to make a big impact in their local communities.

The Trust Board, made up of five volunteers from our community, meets quarterly to review applications for grants and disburse funds. The funding guidelines are as follows: Community Service, Economic Development, Education & Youth and Environment. The next quarterly application deadline is December 31, 2016. Grant applications are available at the BEC office or by visiting


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