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Fulda Senior center receives new appliances

Employees of Carlson and Stewart Refrigeration Inc. deliver new appliances to the Fulda Senior Dining Center. (TRACEY HABERMAN/SUBMITTED PHOTO)

FULDA — Fulda’s Senior Center was the recipient Thursday of a much-needed commercial refrigerator, freezer and cooler.

The gift came in the form of a donation from Nobles Cooperative Electric of Worthington and Carlson and Stewart Refrigeration Inc., Marshall.

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Fulda Senior Dining provides meals for older residents of Fulda and Slayton. It also makes dinners for Meals on Wheels that are delivered in those two communities.

“This is like getting an early Christmas present,” said Margaret Poppe, the facility’s site director. “We’re all so grateful, and this will help our community and Murray County.”

One of the old refrigerators at the senior center broke down three weeks ago, causing a little panic.

“When we were contacted by Margaret, she originally was looking to go through Operation Round-Up program,” said Tracey Haberman, communications specialist for Nobles Cooperative Electric.

Operation Round-Up is a fund that accumulates money from people who choose to round their electric bill up to the nearest dollar. Those contributions are then put in a trust fund that distributes money twice a year to non-profit organizations.

“While our Operation Round-Up is great and helps many organizations, we thought we would donate a different way,” Haberman said.

Nobles Cooperative Electric is required by state mandate to spend a percentage of its sales on non-profit organizations.

“We hadn’t spent our money for the year yet, so that is why we went in this direction,” Haberman explained. “Instead of, for instance, only giving the senior dining center $1,000, we were able to buy $10,300 worth of new appliances.”

When the time came to ditch the old appliances and bring in the new, Nobles Cooperative Electric knew just who to call.

“We honestly couldn’t have done this without Carlson and Stewart Refrigeration,” Nobles Cooperative Electric Member Service Manager Adam Tromblay said. “Not only did they offer us free removal and disposal, but the prices were great. That’s why we were able to buy three new appliances for the dining center, instead of probably only being able to afford two.”

The new energy-efficient appliances were installed Thursday, just in time for lunch.

“We try and pick a program that can reach and help a large amount of people,” Haberman said. “I think this will continue to greatly benefit Murray County.”

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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