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Record $37,000 Round Up grants awarded

Itasca-Mantrap Round Up Trust Fund grants were recently distributed, with area organizations receiving $37,000, the largest single distribution to date.

The program that began in April 2006, with the first grants awarded in November 2006, has now distributed $301,000 thanks to Itasca-Mantrap Electrical Cooperative customers agreeing to round up their monthly bills to the next dollar.

The amount awarded in December was up from the average $25,000 to $30,000 due to unclaimed capital credits, according to member services manager, Jared Echternach.

Grant recipients include:

Akeley Community Library, $500; Akeley Senior Citizens Club, $250; Akeley/ Nevis Food Shelf $2,000; All Veterans Memorial $500; Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center, $500; Boy Scouts of America, Nevis Troop 56, $300; Boys and Girls Clubs of the Leech Lake Area - Walker Unit $500;

Camp Wilderness- Northern Lights Council, $800; Central Lakes Search and Rescue, $1,000; Century kindergarten, $250; Century Middle School - DCD Room, $600; Century PTA - Holiday Shopping, $500; Century School Elementary Music Department, $2,000; Confidence Learning Center, $300; District 309 Community Education, $360; District 309 School Readiness, $600;

Eastern Hubbard County Fire Protection District, $1,000; Faith In Action for Cass County, $1,000; Food Box Project, $500; Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary 870, $250; Friendship Ventures, $300; Headwaters Animal Shelter, $500; Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning, $100; Heartland Concert Association, $300; Helping Hands Through Century PTA, $500;

HOWA Family Center, $500; Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, Character Challenge Course $390; Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, K-9 Program, $500; Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council, $300; Hubbard County Detention Center $500; Hubbard County Historical Society, $500; Hubbard County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post, $1,715; Kinship of the Park Rapids Area, $900; Lake Country Scenic Byway Association $300;

Lake George Senior Citizens Club, Inc., $500; Laporte School Readiness, $500; Let's Go Fishing - Park Rapids, $1,000; Living At Home Program, $750; Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Senior Nutrition Program $500; Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary $250; Menahga Post Prom, $500; Minnesota Dark House and Angling Association-Park Rapids, $1,000;

Nemeth Art Center (formerly North Country Museum of Arts), $960; Nevis Basketball Association, $300; Nevis Community Education Cubby/Fast Break Basketball, $300; Nevis Cub Scouts Pack 56, $300; Nevis PTA, $200; Nevis School Special Education, $750; Nevis School- Musical Theatre $1,000; Park Rapids Amateur Hockey Association Inc., $425;

Park Rapids Area High School Media Center, $300; Rapids District 309 Character Counts, $1,000; Park Rapids Area High School Book Club, $600; Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council website $250; Pine Point Elementary School, $1,000; Pregnancy Resource Center, $500; Quilts of Valor (Hubbard County), $500;

Park Rapids Senior Center, $300; Salvation Army of Hubbard County, $500; Toys For Tots, $500; Uff Da! Days Organization of Nevis, $300, and "Yes, You Can!" $1,000.