The Mille Lacs Community Trust Board meets quarterly to distribute funds raised through Operation Round Up. On March 18th, the board awarded $16,500 in grants to local non-profit organizations including: Aitkin County Rivers and Lakes Fair, Aitkin County Sentence to Serve, Aitkin High School Grad Blast 2019, Crosby-Ironton Grad Blast 2019, Aitkin Food Shelf, Aitkin Community Food Shelf, Cuyuna Food Shelf, Garrison Food Shelf, McGregor Food Shelf, Onamia Food Shelf, St. James Food Shelf, Isle High School After Prom, Jaques Art Center, McGregor Area Scholarship Foundation, McGregor Post Prom Committee 2019, Onamia Community Education, Ripple River Quilt Guild, and Wealthwood Rod & Gun Club. The total amount of grants awarded since the start of Operation Round Up has reached an astounding $1,142,429!
Operation Round Up is a voluntary program at Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative where our generous members round-up their electric bill payment to the nearest dollar. All of the funds raised go into the trust fund which is donated back to the community. Board members include: Shirley Adolphson, Fred Tessmer, Loren Larson, Pat Scollard, Diane Landstad, Linda Weimer, Jack Gilbertson, and Lowell W. Larson.
To receive a Trust application, contact Deb Chute at 218-927-8221 or 1-800-450-2191. The Trust Board meets the second Tuesday in March, June, September and December. Applications are accepted at any time. Those submitted a week before the quarterly meetings will go to the board. Anything submitted after will be seen at the next board meeting.
Front Row L to R: Lorrie Dahlquist, Donald Carlson, Kris Hazelton, Rita Pierce, Candi Baumann, Janet Smude.
Back Rows L to R: Barbara Osiecki, Carol Thaemert, Liz Nelson, Tura Eye, Cyndy Rudolph, Mona Bengtson, Kent Olesen, Linda Amundson, Sharon Bruggman, Shirley Fohner, Mavis Oesterich.