Nobles Cooperative Electric's Operation Round Up distributes $21,924 in latest funding round

Money to benefit numerous non-profits in Nobles, Murray counties.

Nobles Cooperative Electric's Trust Board awarded nearly $22,000 in funds to local organizations through its Operation Round-Up program.
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WORTHINGTON — Nobles Cooperative Electric members, by rounding up their electric bill, continue to have an amazing effect on local communities. Even tiny donations — an average of only 50 cents a month — are making huge impacts, with more than $442,000 in Operation Round-Up funds collected and distributed since the program began.

Members who participate in Operation Round Up allow the cooperative to round up their monthly electric bill to the next dollar. This small change is pooled into large amounts that a volunteer trust board oversees. Every penny goes to those in need.

Here are the recipients in the latest round of donations:

Slayton Fire Department: $3,100; to outfit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus masks with voice amplifiers. They have 20 masks to outfit.

Ellsworth Public School: $2,400; to purchase equipment used for balance and movement, calming pressure or fidgeting behavior for the school’s sensory room, to be created within the weight room area.


Murray County Early Childhood Initiative: $2,300: to help fund the Early Childhood Family Education on wheels program. This program is run by Murray County Central’s early childhood staff and travels to daycares in Murray County to meet with providers and children in the daycare setting. Staff read books and do activities with the children and also leave craft material and books for the children to keep.

Leota First Responders: $2,000; to equip four new members with personal protection and first aid kits.

Wilmont Fire & Rescue: $1,824; to purchase three fire/rescue pagers ($608 each). The department does not have enough pagers for each member to have their own.

Currie Fire Department: $1,500: to help furnish bathroom and kitchen equipment and shelving for the new fire hall.

Murray County Central first grade classrooms: $1,340; to purchase three sets of (one for each first grade) decodable phonics readers. The decodable readers are vital to helping students to successfully read using skills that have been previously taught and that build upon each other. This is a new shift in teaching reading.

United Way: $1,220: to pay for the printing and mailing of Dolly Parton Imagination Library books sent directly to children in their homes. This will help children in our overlapping service areas for one month.

Ecumen Meadows: $1,020; to assist with funding the ArtMobile, mobile art classes taught by professionals, bi-monthly to residents. The money will cover 30% to 50% of the cost for six sessions.

Brewster Senior Dining: $1,000; to pay for meal transport from Lakefield to Brewster for the hot meals for Brewster diners and the homebound.


SWWC: $950; to support regional student enrichment opportunities. The pandemic impacted the availability of and access to enrichment opportunities during the 2020-2021 school year.

International Festival: $750; to assist with the children's activities portion of the festival. Activities occur Friday evening and throughout the day on Saturday.

Slayton Area Chamber of Commerce: $740; to create a lighted Christmas display in Slayton’s Gullord Park. The area will be used for Christmas activities, as well as an opportunity to draw people to the community of Slayton.

Nobles County Historical Society: $580; to purchase six foldable tables and a folding table dolly to transport them.

Chandler Quilters: $300; Volunteers make quilts that can be used for homeless people, halfway houses, two places in Marshall, along with places in Sioux Falls and Flandreau, South Dakota. The goal is to make 125 quilts, and the money will be used to purchase sheets, which are used as backs for the quilts.

First Lutheran Church: $300; to help purchase material and fillers to make and donate quilts. Areas they have helped include nursing homes and veterans homes in Westbrook, Fulda, Luverne, Heron Lake, Worthington, Windom, Sheldon and Lake Park.

Lake Sarah Quilters of Garvin: $300; to provide prayer (scripture) quilts to anyone/everyone that could use them for comfort, whether physical or mental.

Sillerud Quilters and Friends: $300; to provide warmth, comfort and a sense of God’s love to people in need. To help purchase batting and other supplies not donated. Quilts are given to the sick, recovering, in sorrow, etc.


Operation Round Up also awards $650 scholarships to students to help achieve their academic goals. Once these students have successfully completed one semester or quarter of higher education, the scholarship is paid out.

Scholarship recipients include Riley Boese, Tracy; Miranda Hoekman, Slayton; Nash Peltola, Currie; Tristin Hieronimus, Rushmore; Emmalee Bosma, Rushmore; Adrian Schwaller, Reading; Claire Reith, Fulda; and Joseph Thompson, Avoca.

The deadline for the next round of funding is Sept. 1. The Trust Board will meet again in October to review the applications. Interested organizations may call Nobles Cooperative Electric at 1-800-776-0517, e-mail or visit for an application.

Nobles Cooperative Electric serves approximately 6,900 members in Murray and Nobles Counties.

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