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Tri-County electric members donate $5,640 locally

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

Rushford, MN (3 p.m. Oct. 5, 2009)- Members of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) enrolled in Operation Round Up (ORU) recently gave $5,640 in donations to worthy causes in September. The ORU Trust Board approved the following donations at its September meeting:

• $250, Caledonia Police Department, to help support a DARE program for the Caledonia Area Schools.

• $100, Friends of the Nature Center (Houston, MN), to assist its community garden program that also provides the local food shelf with fresh produce.

• $250, Friends of the Houston Public Library, to help purchase early reader books to support the strong reading curriculum of area schools.

• $840, ABLE Foundation (La Crescent, MN), to help purchase furniture and kitchen supplies for its Teaching and Recreation Center.

• $100, Boy Scouts of America Pack #15 (Dakota, MN), to help purchase physical education equipment for the Dakota Area Community School.

• $500, Houston County Care & Share, to help support the purchase of Christmas gifts and food certificates to needy families.

• $500, City of Houston, to support the building of a public softball/baseball field.

• $1,000, Camp Winnebago (Caledonia, MN), to help upgrade a gravel path to concrete for better wheelchair accessibility.

• $100, Bluff Country Learning Center (Hokah, MN), to purchase an online subscription for teaching resources and additional teaching materials.

• $1,000 Southeast Minnesota Education and Resource Center (St. Charles, MN), to support its energy assistance program

• $1,000 SEMCAC (Rushford, MN), to support its energy assistance program.

TEC's ORU program began in 2001 and has since donated more than $32,000 to local worthy causes.

ORU funds are generated by TEC members who choose to voluntarily have their electric bill rounded up to the next dollar. The money goes into a trust fund and the trust board, which is appointed by the co-op's board of directors, administers the donations. About 1,200 TEC members currently participate in ORU. The maximum amount that can be donated per year on a member's account is $11.88, demonstrating that a little change donated by each member can make a big difference.

TEC members who would like to have their electric bills "rounded up" can sign up by completing a form that is available by calling the cooperative at 507-864-7783/1-800-432-2285 or visiting its website: The trust board grants donations on an application basis. The next application deadline is February 15, 2010. ORU applications are also available online.

TEC is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving three counties in Minnesota including Winona, Houston and Fillmore and parts of Olmsted and Mower counties in Minnesota and Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties in Iowa. It provides electricity to more than 12,500 services in the area. TEC is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

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