At its December meeting, the Northern Plains Electric Operation Round Up board of directors approved grants totaling $9,600 to help support worthy causes.

These charitable grants are made possible through the generosity of Northern Plains Electric Cooperative members who voluntarily elect to have their electric bills rounded up to the next dollar. The donated amount averages about 50 cents a month for each participating member, and raises approximately $37,000 each year.

Since the program’s beginning in October 1998, grants totaling $787,462 have been awarded to 1078 local charitable causes.

Grants approved in December include the following, which were allocated toward expenses in various areas:

  • Larry Halverson, Egeland, medical expenses

  • Sylvia Martin, Pettibone, medical expenses

  • Randy Rogers, Rolla, medical expenses

  • Bella Sprunt, Bowdon, medical expenses

  • Esmond Rural Fire Department, expenses for 10 sets of new turnout gear

  • Eddy County 4-H/Eddy County, building material/electrical work for pavilion/barn

  • Midkota Public School, training/education in social emotional learning provided by an outside source

  • Edmunds-Pingree Community Center, replacing broken heating/air unit

  • Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Pettibone, fixing roof

  • Bisbee Lutheran Church, replacing broken sidewalks

  • Mooney-Carnahan Veterans of Foreign Wars, Rock Lake, replacing broken heating unit/maintaining building

  • Benson, Eddy, Foster, Griggs, Kidder, Pierce, Ramsey, Rolette, Stutsman, Towner and Wells counties, food pantries

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Help someone in need

Do you know someone who faces a challenge? If so, you may want to consider submitting an application on his or her behalf.

The Operation Round Up board meets every quarter to disburse funds to worthy individuals and organizations. The board will meet again in March to review applications. The application deadline is Feb. 20.

For more information about on the program, contact Northern Plains Electric Cooperative by calling 800-882-2500 or obtain guidelines or download applications at