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Federated awards Operation Round Up funds

The Federated Rural Electric Trust, Jackson, recently recognized local organizations receiving $20,007 through Operation Round Up. These donations occur due to monthly contributions by participating Federated members. Twenty-six groups received money in this 55th round of funding:

Groups receiving funds included:

Jackson County Central Post Prom, $200 toward comedian for safe post-prom entertainment; Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda Baseball, $250 for seven new batting helmets; Reinbows Inc., Windom, $350 for scholarships and craft supplies for New One Day programs; City of Jackson park board, $375 for soil enhancements at three new garden beds in Zimmerli Park; Heritage Acres, Fairmont, $400 toward blacksmith for two events in August and October; Des Moines Valley Health & Human Services, $400 toward 40 smoke detectors for needy households; JCC Community Services Garden Club, $400 to offset costs for seeds/plants/supplies for student garden plots; SWWC Foundation for Innovation in Education, Marshall, $500 toward Knowledge Bowl, spelling bees, artists, writers and science events for local schools’ registration/scholarships; Twin Valley Council Boy Scouts, Mankato, $500 toward snowshoes/poles for Camp Cedar Point in Fairmont; Heron Lake-Okabena Family & Consumer Science Classes, $500 to replace 30-year-old cookware for two classroom kitchens; JCC Community Services, $500 to buy replacement volleyballs and girls/boys basketballs; Rhythm of the River, Jackson, $521 to buy music instruments for Kids Jam sessions at Tunes Tent; Jackson County Historical Society, Lakefield, $600 to replace 20-year-old PC with new one for cataloging/business; MCW Indoor Pool, Sherburn, $632 to buy two wall-mounted hand dryers for locker room; JCC Indoor Pool, Jackson, $660 to replace women’s sink and buy two front door slip resistant mats; Heron Lake-Okabena School Library, $650 to buy new books for elementary and high school libraries; Fort Belmont, Jackson, $669 for new laptop for history research on donated items and cataloging; Minnesota West, Jackson, $700 for scholarship for Jackson or Martin County lineman or electrician student; Lakefield Ambulance Service, $800 to buy two new pagers for two new members; Jackson County Libraries, $900 to hire Zoo Man for summer reading program on reptiles and reading; Rebuilding Together MN, Jackson County, $1,000 for Safe at Home kits and fall prevention/accessibility modifications; Heron Lake Ambulance, $1,000 to buy portable rescue sled for use at steep bank or confined space; Jackson Fire & Relief Association, $1,500 toward replacing self-contained breathing air tanks; Des Moines Valley Health & Human Services, Jackson County, $1,500 to assist Federated members with emergency energy costs; Salvation Army, $2,000 to assist Federated members with emergency energy costs; and Ceylon Area First (Fire Dept.), $2,500 toward new self-contained breathing apparatus (air pack).

The Trust Board received 28 applications totaling $95,818 in this 55th round of funding.

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