MiEnergy donates to Quilts of Honor, future trail development

By: 
Jordan Gerard

More veterans will be able to receive quilts of honor from the quilting group thanks to a donation from MiEnergy.

The group received a $500 check from the energy group, and those funds will be used in order to pay long arm quilters.

Long arm quilting is one of the final steps of sewing together a quilt. The machine is extremely large but is versatile in sewing together backing, binding and the top of quilts.

There’s also a variety of designs that can be stitched, such as stars, anchors or usually any number of design. 

The City of Spring Grove also received a $250 donation from MiEnergy for the Spring Grove Area Active Living Trail Planning Project (future multi-use or fat tire bike trail).

Donations were collected through Operation Round Up, which gives MiEnergy members the opportunity to round up their electric bill to the next dollar.

About 1,800 members currently participate with the average donation being $6 a year per member, according to a press release.

Currently, the program gives away about $10,000 each year to local organizations.

The Operation Round Up Trust Board chooses where the funds get donated and the amount of the donation based on an application process. The trust board members include: John Bronk, of Winona, Minn., president; Janelle Mahr, of Lime Springs, Iowa, vice president; Margaret Knutson, of Houston, Minn., secretary/treasurer; Larry Hafner, of La Crescent, Minn.; Allen Hanson, of Preston, Minn.; Arlene Hegge, of La Crescent, Minn.; Shannon Schmelzer, of Cresco, Iowa; and PerryO Sliwa, Decorah, Iowa.

Donations to Operation Round Up are tax deductible. Organizations receive grants through an application process. The next application deadline is August 15. 

To learn more about Operation Round Up or to round up your electric bill, visit www.MiEnergy.coop or call 1-800-432-2285.