Beltrami Electric’s “Operation Round Up” helps local programs

The Beltrami Electric Cooperative Trust Board for Operation Round Up recently awarded grants to 28 area nonprofit and community organizations totaling $41,677.

The program is designed to give cooperative members a means of working together to use small change to make a big impact in their local communities.

Project categories for grant winners include: community service, economic development, education & youth, and environment.

Front Row: Darlene Mostad, Kelliher Library & Information Center, Northern Beltrami Development Corp; Michelle Carlson,
Chris Latzke, Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter; Kelly Hanks, Miley Jo Hanks, Blackduck Library Board; Engress Clark,
Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue; Brynn Peterson, Tyler Masse, Jackie Stoffel, Bemidji High School

Second Row: Kay Mack, Beltrami Electric Trust Board for Operation Round Up; Sandra Gehrke, UMN Extension-Beltrami
County; Debra Steele, Heartland Christian Academy; Cailee Furer, Bemidji Area Childhood Collaborative; Patricia Lester,
Hannah Fletcher, Jess Robertson, Bemidji Community Theater Starbridge Academy; Lisa Dixon, Tricia Andrews, Headwaters
School of Music & the Arts; Erica Naughton, Blackduck Area Toys for Kids; Diane McKean, Blackduck Woodcarvers Arts &
Crafts Festival; Annie Butler-Ricks, United Way of Bemidji Area; Brennen Hill, Deborah Bratlien, Kingdom Builders Christian
School; Katey Lutz, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra; Loren Hoyum, First City Singers of the Headwaters School of Music & the

Third Row: Dale Janke, Society of St. Vincent de Paul-St. Philip’s Conf; Rich Riewer, Bemidji Youth Basketball Association;
Seth Van Dyke, Heartland Christian Academy; Shawn MacGregor, Lutheran Social Services of MN; Jill Parson, St. Mary’s
Mission Elementary; Patrick Scholz, Blackduck Area Senior Center; Ashley Raschke, Laporte High School; Nate Haskell,
Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club; Emily Thabes, Beltrami County Historical Society; James Owens, Headwaters Science
Center; Leah Bratlien, Kingdom Builders Christian School; Rob Belanger, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra

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