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Operation Round Up funds help others

Through the generosity of members, electric co-ops around the country are making big differences out of small change.

They, along with Dakota Valley Electric, do that through Operation Round Up, a program that gives grants to local organizations and individuals.

Participating members voluntarily round up their electric bill to the next whole dollar. The donation averages 50 cents a month per member and raises about $20,000 each year.

A board, which consists of co-op members, meets twice a year to disburse the funds.

At the most recent meeting, the Dakota Valley Electric board allocated funds to: Lori Peterson, LaMoure, medical, $1,750; Community Volunteer EMS of LaMoure, safety class, $220; Jack Rourke, Verona, medical, $2,500; Milnor Area Community Center Inc., sponsor 5K run, $100; Bear Creek Roughriders, Oakes, provide equine events, $300; Hankinson Industrial Development Corp., dance floor, $2,000; Tim Klose, Jamestown, medical, $1,430; Edgeley Ranger Archery Club, archery equipment, $100; Coldwater Park Association, Ashley, construct bathroom facilities, $1,000; Jolly Senior Center, Edgeley, new windows and water softener, $250; and Edgeley Park Board, rescue tubes and umbrella, $250.

For more information, or to apply, call (800) 342-4671 or visit