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Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up gives $14,350 to local programs

Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up awarded $14,350 to 19 community organizations at its summer 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.

Grant recipients for summer 2013 are:
1. Polk County Tourism Council, $600, to replace exterior sign at information center
2. Amery Area Senior Citizens, $1,000, to fund new autism support group
3. Clear Lake Community Center, $1,000, to help purchase pump for food shelf, and water heater and tables for kitchen
4. Tammi’s Wildlife Rescue and Wellness Clinic, $1,000, to provide non-profit vet and rehab services for animals
5. Clear Lake Elementary School, $1,000, to purchase intervention tools for students with emotional and behavior needs
6. WPCA Radio Dream Center, $1,000, to replace satellite receiver and news computer for continued quality broadcasting
7. Wannigan Days, $250, to help support free, local family-friendly festival
8. Music on the Overlook, $500, to help support free community concert series in St. Croix Falls
9. Siren Chamber of Commerce, $500, to purchase materials for a permanent sign for Music in the Park
10. Moms and Dads Against Meth, $1,000, to support Butterfly House, a sober residence for women in St. Croix Falls
11. Clear Lake Public Library, $500, to purchase large print books
12. Northwoods Flyers EAA Chapter 1537, $1,000, to engage youth and community in flying with Young Eagles program and Gandy Dancer Fly-In
13. Polk County Agricultural Educators Association, $500, to purchase tractor safety course books
14. Osceola FFA, $500, to create interactive displays and purchase supplies for the Polk County Fair
15. Amery Swedish Club, $500, to help present Swedish Midsommer Event, sharing cultural history and folk dancing
16. Amery Regional Medical Center Volunteer Partners, $500, to help construct an outdoor secured patio for behavior health center
17. Kinship of Polk County, $1,000, to provide mentor program for at-risk children
18. St. Croix Regional Medical Center Volunteer Partners, $1,000, to help purchase patient care equipment
19. Town of Garfield/Lake Wapogasset Park, $1,000, to purchase swings for the playground

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 or visit online. The next application deadline is September 1.

Photo 1: L-R: Joyce Gullickson and Dave Nelson of the Town of Garfield, Lake Wapogasset Park committee, accept a $1,000 check from Operation Round-Up board members Merle Bergren and Gary Ganje. The grant will be used to purchase swings for the park’s playground.

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