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Federated awards Operation Round Up dollars

The Federated Rural Electric Trust, Jackson, recognized local organizations receiving $28,420 through Operation Round Up. These donations occur due to monthly contributions by participating Federated members.

A total of 26 groups received money in this 57th round of funding: They include:

JCC H.S. Media Center, Jackson $100 New chess, checkers & other board games

MCW Middle School, Trimont $310 5th & 6th graders personal supplies (deodorant/pads)

Rhythm of the River, Jackson $370 Solar lighting at tents & porta potties for safety, plus first aid kit

MCW Elementary, Sherburn $500 Art supplies for K-2nd grade, like construction paper, glue, folders

MCW 11th & 12th graders, Sherburn $500 Virtual tour of Auschwitz via zoom (ties into English & History)

Twin Valley Council for Boy Scouts of America Toward two new handwashing stations at Camp Cedar Point, $500 which is near Fairmont

MCW Preschool, Sherburn $500 Toward art supplies: construction paper, glue & paint brushes

Jackson Center for the Arts $500 Buy laptop for Art Center/Farmers’ Market

Des Moines Valley Health & Human Svcs. $540 36 baby gates for families in need in Jackson County

Heritage Acres, Fairmont $600 Toward blacksmith for threshing day and Harvest Festival

Minnesota West Scholarship, Jackson $700 For Jackson or Martin County line worker or electrician student

HL-O Elementary Library, Heron Lake $750 Purchase new nonfiction book sets

Martin Co. Substance Abuse Prevention $900 MCW Empower group will buy 9-Square game for school events

Jackson County Library System $950 For Zoo Man summer reading at three county libraries

SWWC Foundation for Innovation in Education, Marshall $1,000 Registration fees for students in knowledge bowl & spelling bee

MCW summer softball/baseball $1,000 Toward new bats and balls

City of Lakefield park $1,000 Toward playground equipment for those with disabilities

Delafield Diggers 4-H Club $1,000 Canned hams for the Jackson County foodshelf Easter basket

South Central EMS-CPR Heart Guard $1,000 New infant & adult CPR manikins for training

Red Rock Center for the Arts, Fairmont $1,500 For Summer Art & Music week camp for 1st-6th grade students

Des Moines Valley Health & Human Svcs $1,500 Diapers for Jackson County Baby Bundle program

JCC Middle School Ballfields, Lakefield $1,700 Buy four trees, stakes & fertilizer and plant with volunteer labor

Rebuilding Together Minnesota $2,000 Help 3-4 low-income homes with repairs in Jackson County

Prairie Ecology Bus Center, Lakefield $2,000 Toward raised garden beds for wheelchair access & elderly

Salvation Army $2,000 Emergency-energy assistance for in-need Federated members

Sherburn Fire Department $2,500 Toward a new radio for a firefighter

Jackson County Ag Society $2,500 Buy 12 plastic picnic tables for fair & events at fairgrounds

The Trust Board received 32 applications totaling $46,003 in this 57th round of funding. The board will meet again in the fall to determine the next round of funding. The deadline for submitting applications is Sept. 22.

About 76 percent of Federated Rural Electric members participate in Operation Round Up. They allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar. For example, a bill of $55.75 is rounded up to $56. The extra cents go to a special trust fund, which is administered by an independent Trust Board that consists of seven Federated members. Since the first round of funding in 1995, nearly $895,000 has been awarded to local organizations and as high school scholarships.

The Trust Board's policy outlines project categories eligible for funding:

• community service (emphasis on public safety, health care and enhancement of cultural environment),

• community leadership programs,

• education and youth projects (social problems and wellness/athletics),

• environmental projects (recycling, environmental education and environmental ag research),

• emergency energy assistance funds to organizations for distribution and

• disaster relief.

Interested organizations may go to to download the application form and information, e-mail for an application or call 507-847-3520; ask for Andrea.

Federated is a Touchstone Energy cooperative serving 6,900 members in Jackson and Martin counties.

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