Beltrami Electric’s Operation Roundup distributes over $43,000 to area nonprofits

The Beltrami Electric Cooperative Trust Board for Operation Round Up® met in October and awarded grants to 18 area nonprofit and community organizations totaling $43,222.

These area organizations include a number school athletics and clubs, the United Way of Bemidji Area, the Bemidji Senior Center, and multiple local art organizations.

The program, unique to electric cooperatives, is designed to give  members a means of working together, and according to a release, “to use small change to make a big impact in their local communities.”

The next application deadline is March 2022 and details can be found at

Photo details:

Front Row: Alexi Smith, Bemidji Career Academies; Lauren Berg, Olivia Bloomberg, Addy Kelly, BHS Girls Soccer; Ainsley Carlson, Solway Elementary School

Second Row: Annie Butler Ricks, United Way of Bemidji; Kate Belleveau, Mask & Rose Women’s Theater; Vicki Stenerson, Bemidji Community Theater; Destani Trigueros, Bemidji Career Academies; Mary Jo Wolter, Walker Bay Theater, Maggie McCalip, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Misty Frenzel, Christina Regas, Blackduck Beach Club; Karen Vleck, Anya VanAntwerpen, Bemidji Career Academies

Third Row: Ruth Sherman, Community Resource Connections; Jenny Workman, Bemidji Gymnastics Club; Diane Mostad, Kelliher Library; Kendra Murray, Blackduck Area Toys for Kids; Sharon & Russ King, Blackduck Area Senior Center; Diana McKean, Blackduck Woodcarver’s Festival; Heidi Bruder, Bemidji Early Childhood Collaborative; Brian Stefanich, Bemidji Career Academies/Solway Elementary School; Rick Toward, BHS Boys Soccer

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