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Operation Round-Up donates $17,300 to local programs

Photo Right: Polk-Burnett General Manager Bill Schmidt (green jacket) presented a $1,000 check to students involved in the Polk County 4-H Horse Project. Grant funds will help build a new riding arena at the Polk County Fairgrounds.

Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up awarded $17,300 to 24 community organizations at its winter 2013 quarterly meeting. Funding for Operation Round-Up is donated by members of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative who round their monthly electric bill up to the next even dollar amount. Grant recipients are selected quarterly by a committee of co-op members, with financial awards presented to organizations that improve our local quality of life, according to the cooperative principles.

Grant recipients for winter 2013 are:
1. Indianhead Community Action Agency, $750, to supply Burnett County food shelf
2. Amery Band Boosters, $500, to support Amery Marching Band’s performance in San Diego parade
3. Polk County Home and Community Education, $750, to purchase books for Head Start children
4. Salvation Army of Polk and Burnett Counties, $750, to send food home with school children
5. Polk County 4-H Horse Project, $1,000, to improve outdoor riding arena at Polk County Fairgrounds
6. Burnett County Alternative Learning Center $750, to make lap quilts for senior centers and nursing homes
7. Polk County Amateur Radio Association, $500, to provide equipment and training for emergency communications
8. River Valley Hockey Association, $750, to purchase hockey equipment for kids
9. Family Resource Center of St. Croix Valley, $750, to expand parent education programs in Polk County
10. Car Care, $1,000, to help women with auto repairs, so they have safe, reliable transportation to get to work
11. Burnett County Family Resource Center, $750, to help provide educational events for families
12. Milltown Public Library, $750, to support 2013 summer reading program for children
13. St. Croix Falls Public Library, $500, to expand books and arts programming for young children and teens
14. Jackson Volunteer Fire Department, $750, to purchase equipment to stabilize vehicles at accident scenes
15. Polk County Human Services, Childcare Certification Program, $300, to provide safety equipment for childcare providers
16. Frederic Community Education, $750, to host Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre
17. Lamar Community Center, $750, to offer children’s programming in the arts and engineering in 2013
18. Western Wisconsin Lyme Action Group, $750, to print materials and sponsor speakers that educate about Lyme Disease
19. Frederic Elementary School PT0, $750, to sponsor family game night, movie night and literacy night
20. Frederic Elementary School, $750, to support “Asian Adventure” theme education and theater field trip
21. St. Croix Valley Orchestra, $750, to purchase new music and stand lights for 2013 performances
22. Apple River Association, $750, to purchase equipment to monitor water quality
23. Luck Area Historical Society, $750, to create a traveling exhibit about the past and future of energy in our area
24. Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, $750, to build, rehabilitate and repair homes for families in Polk and Burnett counties

Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a grant or co-op members who’d like to round their bill up in support of Operation Round-Up may call 800-421-0283. The next application deadline is March 1.


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