For Release: 11/08/2012

It's Worth the Energy Grant Winners Announced

Rosemount, MN - Minnesota Energy Resources has announced the three winners in their "It's Worth the Energy" Grant Opportunity program. Organizations were encouraged to submit proposals for projects that improve the community in one of three areas: Environment, Community or Human Services.

Three finalists were selected and were voted on by visitors to the Minnesota Energy Resources' Facebook page. This is the second year of the program.

1st Place - Headwaters Science Center, Bemidji - $3,000 to support science outreach programs for pre-school, elementary and middle school students whose school districts have limited transportation funds for field trips. This will enable more students to travel to and get actual hands on field experience at the highly acclaimed Headwaters Science Center.

2nd Place - The Achievement Center, Worthington - $2,000 to set up and operate a retail store at their facility that will provide employment and training opportunities to those with physical and mental disabilities. The store, operated by clients, will sell snacks, t-shirts and other promotional items in hopes of teaching and receiving real retail experience, both from a business planning perspective and a job opportunity perspective.

3rd Place - 360 Communities, Burnsville - $1,000 to stock food shelves and support family resource centers for those folks that suddenly find themselves in crisis and to link them to food and basic needs resources in the areas of Burnsville, Apple Valley, Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount. The expectation is to serve and assist about 11,000 people in 2013.

Eligible organizations with 501c3 non-profit status from the IRS that have an active social media presence on Facebook and are a cooperative partner with Minnesota Energy Resources and are in good standing with the local community were eligible.

The top three projects, selected by an independent panel of judges, were voted on during the month of October.

About Wisconsin Public Service Foundation

The Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, incorporated in 1964, is a private, charitable foundation that supports charities and organizations that need financial assistance. The Foundation actively supports improvements in the quality of life in the communities served by Wisconsin Public Service and its Integrys Energy Group sister companies Upper Peninsula Power Company, Minnesota Energy Resources, Michigan Gas Utilities, and Integrys Energy Services. It is funded by stockholders of Integrys Energy Group, not by utility customers of its subsidiaries.

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