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October 2017 Grants

The following grants were awarded to local organizations in October 2017:

Bruno Volunteer Fire & Rescue: $7,500 for the purchase of firefighter turnout gear or personal protective equipment.

The Isanti County Commission on Aging, Cambridge: $2,500 for the purchase of wiring and parts to provide handicap access to the activity room.  

Isanti County Historical Society, Cambridge: $1,000 for the purchase of a new commercial freezer. The current freezer is no longer functioning.

Isanti County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, Cambridge: $1,500 to help purchase and train a second K-9. An increased number of calls require a K-9 to be on duty 365 days a year.

Kanabec County First Responder Team, Mora: $3,900 to help with the purchase of new pagers that will allow them to play back messages and will be less bulky than the older models they currently have.  

One Heartland, Willow River: $300 to help purchase pavilion benches.

Parkland Volunteer Fire Department, South Range, WI: $3,000 for the purchase of four stabilization struts and accessories to use with their current extraction equipment, giving their Jaws of Life equipment a broader range of uses. 

Ruby’s Pantry, North Branch: $2,500 for the purchase of a used refrigerated semi-trailer. This will help with the growing need for food handling, refrigerated storage and transportation.


Braham Area Schools Pre-School Program: $3,000 for pre-school tuition scholarships.

Braham Elementary Physical Education Program: $2,000 to help with the purchase of a horizontal climbing wall. The wall is magnetic and comes with letters so students can work on sight/spelling words in addition to fitness goals.

Flight Expo Inc., Princeton: $2,000 toward the purchase of kits for the build-a-plane program. The program provides learning opportunities for local youth in the STEM fields.

Rush City School District Food 4 Kids: $500 for the purchase of food for the Food 4 Kids backpack program.


Established in 1997, the ORU Trust has put more than $1.5 million to work in local communities. With gifts ranging from one penny to 99 cents per month, participating members have a convenient way to pool their resources for the benefit of the greater community. The average contribution is around $6 per year, and the maximum annual contribution is $11.88.

Individuals who would like to join their fellow ECE members in supporting the Operation Round Up program can sign up by calling 1-800-254-7944.

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