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District 196 Superintendent Mary Kreger and district staff with Dakota Electric directors Stacy Miller (3rd from left) and David Jones (R).

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District 197 Superintendent Peter Olson-Skog (C) with Dakota Electric directors David Jones and Stacy Miller.

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Inver Hills Community College President Michael Berndt and Kim Schaff with the foundation (center) pose with Dakota Electric directors David Jones and Stacy Miller.

Dakota Electric Association provided the school districts of 196, 197, 199 and Inver Hills Community College with this year’s donations from the unclaimed capital credits fund. Dakota Electric awarded a total of $50,000 of unclaimed capital credits money to the schools, which will be used to fund specific educational projects and reach district goals.

District 196, Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan, will use the money to gather and analyze data to address students’ mental and emotional needs due to all the changes faced by students throughout the pandemic. District 197, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Eagan, will use the money for innovative teaching practices and to bring the school community together for a school celebration. District 199, Inver Grove Heights, will use the money to help outfit the elementary STEAMM (science, technology, engineering, art, math and media) labs with interactive equipment. Inver Hills Community College will use the money for scholarships for students in developmental education and civic engagement.

Since 2013, Dakota Electric has donated more than $390,000 across all the school districts throughout its service territory. This is on top of annual scholarship donations that go to students in every school district. Both are funded by unclaimed capital credits.