Through the contributions of Lake Country Power's participating members, the Operation Round Up® Trust Board recently approved $44,580 in assistance to local community programs during its quarterly meeting.

 The cooperative’s Trust Board reviewed and considered 51 grant applications and distributed funds to 43 projects and programs this past quarter. Since the program’s inception in October 2004, more than $2.3 million has been distributed to community-based projects and programs.

 All funds generated through Operation Round Up are set aside in a trust fund. A voluntary Trust Board of nine co-op members administers the Trust. Of the funds collected through the program, 100 percent is distributed to charitable organizations through an application and selection process. The trust board uses special guidelines and policies when choosing recipients.


Recent area 


Deer River Area Food Shelf

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Quilters

Faith United Lutheran Church

Zion Love Project

Faith Lutheran Quilters

Bethel Lutheran Church Women

Loon Country Quilters

Grand Rapids Band Boosters

Greenway Volleyball Boosters JO Volleyball Club

Nashwauk Keewatin High School

Jacobson Community Foundation

The Quiltmaker’s Gift Production Co.

Siseebakwet Lake Association

McGregor Community Education

Story Portage

Barnum Community Church

Itasca Community Connect AEOA

Friends of Wirtanen Pioneer Farm

Area Clothing Depot – Cromwell-Wright

The Lakeside Community Club

Vermilion Range Amateur Radio Club

Home Visitor Program (two projects)

Cass County Historical Society

Buck Lake Improvement Club

New Beginnings Pregnancy Care Center

Project Care Free Clinic


Remer Chamber of Commerce

Mesabi Symphony Orchestra

City of Remer Soo Line Pavilion


Operation Round Up® is a charitable program unique to electric co-ops, which is designed to provide financial assistance to worthwhile activities and community projects by “rounding up” member’s electric bills to the nearest dollar. The average donation of each participating Lake Country Power member is less than $6 annually.

 More than 73 percent of Lake Country Power members participate in the program through voluntary contributions. Interested members can opt into the Operation Round Up program by calling Lake Country Power at 800-421-9959 or using an online form at

 Applications are available online at The next application deadline is November 15.


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