By Angela Lyseng
Beltrami Electric Cooperative 

Operation Round Up® helps local programs


November 2, 2023

Front Row: Colby Hill, Kingdom Builders Christian School; Lincoln Elementary 3rd grade students (Lynniah Davis, Evie Hill, Mara Zutz, Noah Brandt, Anders Coauette, Levi Schaefer, Luke Ellis, and Rosalie Hafs). Back Row: Laura Dubbe, Bemidji Figure Skating Club; Sharon Lembke, Laporte School; Cailee Furer, Bemidji Area Schools;; Nancy O'Sullivan, Leech Lake Legacy; Kari Kantack-Miller, United Way of Bemidji Area; Brad Olson, Voyageurs Area Council-Boys Scouts; Amy Loewe, Red Lake Middle School; Joann Gardner, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Philips Conference; Tara Hokuff, North Country First Responders; Diane Mostad, Kelliher Library & Information Center; Amy Granlund and Bart, The Nature Connection. Third Row: LeeAnn Price, Kingdom Builders Christian School; David Gooch, Gene Dillon Elementary; Terri Buscher, Tailwinds Bemidji; Alex Chiglo, Blackduck Schools; Gary Guggenberger, Bemidji Veterans Memorial Board; Rob Ingersoll, City of Blackduck; Deb Maish, Blackduck Area Toys for Kids; Verna Joy Lenker, Bemidji Senior Center.

Bemidji, Minn. -The Beltrami Electric Cooperative Trust Board for Operation Round Up® met in October and awarded grants to 26 area nonprofit and community organizations totaling $41,388. Many local programs and non-profit organizations benefit from Operation Round Up®, a charitable program unique to electric cooperatives. The Trust Board members are Kay Mack, Miriam Osborn-Dougherty, Sharon Hadrava, Lea Perkins, and Barb Siler.

The program is designed to give cooperative members a means of working together to use their small change to make a big impact in their local communities, with 100% of member contributions going to local projects. Project categories for organizations applying for grants from Operation Round Up® must fit into one or more of the following: Community Service, Economic Development, Education & Youth, and Environment.


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