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(Jackson, MN) — The Federated Rural Electric Trust, Jackson, recognized local organizations receiving $27,090 through Operation Round Up. These donations occur due to monthly contributions by participating Federated members. 26 groups received money in this 52nd round of funding:

Organization   Amount  Purpose 
MCW Indoor Pool, Sherburn$140Buy Aqua Steps for water aerobics program
Caregiver Response Efforts and Service Team (CREST), Fairmont$200Toward Covid-19 supplies: masks, sanitizer, wipes, etc.
JCC High School Science Department$230Buy writing tablet/pens to write for distance-learning calculations
Family Services Network, Jackson$250Buy waterproof winter gloves/mittens for area children in need
HLO Ag Education Program, Okabena$346Equipment to construct fishing poles for natural resources class
Des Moines Valley Health & Human Svcs.$500Lumber to build plots for community accessible garden
Jackson Indoor Pool$500Replace pool water noodles, basketball rim, fins & kick boards
HLO Elementary Library$512Buy 31 non-fiction books on dinosaurs, bears, wild cats, etc.
Friends of Jackson County Trails$56180 bike helmets to ensure children/users wear helmets
JCC Lakefield Elem. & Middle schools$590Materials for mindfulness/coping/suicide prevention kits
JCC Ag Department, Jackson$648Buy six Air Fryers to teach students new ways of cooking
MCW Preschool/Kindergarten$658Two i-Pads to teach students during group activities
Sherburn Fire Department$850Grain bin rescue auger, which will be shared with other depts.
Okabena Community Club & the City$900Toward main street planters to beautify downtown
JCC High School$905Dave Ramsey’s “Foundations in Personal Finance” curriculum
Jackson Food Shelf$1,000Buy turkey or ham for the Christmas boxes
Lutheran Social Services, Fairmont$1,000Toward a dish sanitizer to safely provide meals for seniors
Lutheran Social Services, Lakefield$1,000Emergency meals for elderly during bad weather/pandemic
Round Lake Parks Committee & City$1,000To replace 50-year-old merry-go-round upgrading city park
HLO Industrial Arts Program, Okabena$1,000Buy four welding masks for students
S. Central Volunteer Dive Team, Trimont$1,000Toward emergency vehicle’s lights & siren
Ceylon Emergency Medical Svcs.$1,000Toward purchase of an extractor/washing machine/dryer
Martin County West Trimont Elementary$1,000Buy four bikes for the physical education program
Des Moines Valley Health & Human Svcs$1,500Help Federated members w/emergency energy assistance
Salvation Army’s Heatshare program$1,500Help Federated members w/emergency energy assistance
City of Sherburn & MCW Schools$2,000Toward flashing traffic lights by high school & elementary
9 $700 high school scholarships$6,300For Federated members’ high school senior graduates

Salvation Army’s Heatshare Program

The Salvation Army’s Heatshare Program received a $1,500 check, courtesy of Federated Rural Electric’s Operation Round Up Program. Ana Gonzalez accepted the check. The money will help Federated members with emergency energy assistance.

South Central Volunteer Dive Team, Trimont

Federated Rural Electric’s Operation Round Up Program awarded the South Central Volunteer Dive Team, Trimont, with a check for $1,000. Melvia Nelsen accepted the check. The money will go toward their emergency vehicle’s lights and a siren that serves southern Minnesota with underwater search and rescue.

The Trust Board received 33 applications totaling $61,086 in this 52nd round of funding. The Trust Board will meet again in the spring to determine the next round of funding. The deadline for submitting applications is February 12, 2021.             

About 80 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, about $775,000 has been awarded to local organizations and as high school scholarships.

“Operation Round Up is a way for members to help members,” said Marlys Runge, Federated’s Trust Board Chairman. “Just a few cents a month, when added with other members’ cents, can really add up and do some good in our communities. On the average, a member’s Round Up contributions amount to approximately $6 a year, which is tax-deductible.”

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 and ask for Andrea Christoffer.   

Federated is a Touchstone Energy cooperative serving 6,800 members in Jackson and Martin Counties.