Common Cents for the Common Good

Making a BIG difference in OUR communities

It only takes a few cents each month to make a big difference in our communities.

Common Cents is a non-profit entity operated separately from Red River Communications.

Those interested can also make a one-time or recurring contribution above and beyond the round-up amount.

Customers who wish to contribute to Common Cents can call our office at 701-553-8309, email support@redrivercomm.com or fill out the form on this page.

Common Cents awards funds to local non-profit and community organizations and offers emergency & medical assistance for local individuals. The board of directors meets quarterly to review applications; if you are interested in applying, please download and return the form below.

Program Details:

  • The program is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors who meet quarterly to review applications.
  • It awards funds to local non-profit and community organizations and offers emergency & medical assistance for local individuals.
  • Common Cents is funded by our customers when they round up their bills to the next dollar. These tax-deductible contributions average $0.40 per month. 
  • Nearly 60% of our customers contribute to Common Cents. We’ve set a goal to see 75% contribute by the end of 2023. 

Contact Us – Common Cents

If you are unsure if you are enrolled in the Common Cents round-up program, would like to make a one-time contribution or are looking for more information about the application process, please fill out this form, and one of our Customer Experience Specialists will contact you. 

Common Cents

How can we help?

6 + 7 =

$220,746.50

Donated since 2008 to causes in our Communities

Common Cents Grant Award Winners – Q1 2023

2023

  • $500 – BIO Girls Wahpeton for program materials

  • $500 – Friends of the Hankinson Library for the Imagination Library book program

  • $1,000 – Richland Wilkin Backpack Program for supplies

2022

  • $1,000 – BIO Girls – Wahpeton / Breckenridge for program materials
  • $1,000 – Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership for a home repair project
  • $500  – Individual emergency need
  • $1,000 – Fairmount Park Board for baseball field improvements
  • $500 – Hauge Memorial Post 9067 (McLeod)for kitchen floor replacement
  • $750 – McLeod Historical Preservation Society for metal display signs
  • $2,500 – Richland-Wilkin Emergency Food Pantry for building repairs
  • $2,500 – Colfax Fire Department for LED scene lights
  • $1,800 – Wyndmere Fire Dept. to replace fire hall lighting
  • $750 – Aber Park Museum to fix and restore picnic tables
  • $1,000 – Milton C. Stevenson VFW Post 106 for clothing
  • $500 – BIO Girls – Aber/Colfax for program materials
  • $1,000 – Friends of the (Leach) Library to help digitize local newspapers
  • $1,000 – Breck/Wahp Swim Team/Wahp Parks for practice equipment

Total Awards in 2022: $15,800

2021

  • $500 – Mantador VFW/Community Center for flooring        

  • $500 – Individual medical needs

  • $500 – Red River Sportsmen’s Club for metal roofing for buildings

  • $1,000 – Richland/Wilkin Food Pantry for new scale & ramps          

  • $500 – Sandhills Park Board for a horseshoe court   

  • $500 – SEND Community Theatre for a storage container    

  • $500 – Valley Lake Boys Home for work boots, gloves, bug repellent

  • $2,000 – Colfax Fire Department for flashlights & handheld scene lights     

  • $2,000 – Hankinson Sons of the Legion for an amphitheater

  • $1,000 – BIO Girls (Abercrombie/Colfax) for program materials       

  • $2,000 – Lidgerwood Fire Dept. go towards a new pumper truck

  • $500 – Marketplace for Kids for program materials  

Total Awards in 2021: $11,500

2020

  • $1,000 – BIO Girls – Wyndmere for program funds
  • $500 – Marketplace for Kids for virtual reality units
  • $1,000 – Troop 604 Barnesville Boy Scouts for a trailer
  • $500 – Individual medical needs
  • $2,500 – Colfax Fire Department for turnout gear
  • $2,500 – Richland-Wilkin Emergency Food Pantry for a new freezer
  • $1,000 – Stitching Hearts Quilts of Valor – Aber for quilting supplies
  • $1,000 – Fairmount Park Board to replace ball diamond bleachers
  • $500 – Individual medical expenses
  • $500 – Lidgerwood Childcare for fencing & playground equipment
  • $2,000 – Mooreton Sons of the Legion for winter coats for the honor guard
  • $1,500 – Wyndmere Senior Citizens for a new heating/AC unit

Total Awards in 2020: $14,500

2019

  • $500 – Dakota Estates Retirement Center for an electronic door opener
  • $1,500 – Mantador Fire Department  for turnout gear
  • $500 – Marketplace for Kids for a 3D printer
  • $1,000 – Wilkin County Historical Society for country schoolhouse floor renovation
  • $1,500 – Mooreton Park Board for hockey/skating rink
  • $1,000 – Valley Lake Boys Home for a rototiller, lawn mower and work boots
  • $1,500 – Bagg Bonanza Farm to repair large granary
  • $500 – Quilts of Valor, Red River Quilters for quilting materials
  • $1,000 – BIO Girls – Abercrombie for curriculum materials
  • $2,500 – Hankinson Fire Protection District to help replace the water truck
  • $1,000 – Lidgerwood Childcare for a dishwasher and children’s toilet
  • Four individuals – $500 each for medical expenses

Total awards in 2019: $14,500

2018

  •  $1,000 – Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership for workcamp project
  • $800 – Marketplace for Kids for virtual reality units
  • $1,125 – Bagg Bonanza Historical Farm for tables
  • $1,000 – City of Barnesville for a new park
  • $1,000 – City of Campbell/Improvement Committee for playground equipment
  • $1,000 – Abercrombie Park, Museum and Pavilion for gazebo repairs
  • $500 – Red River Quilters Quilts of Valor for quilt building materials
  • $500 – CHI St. Francis Health Foundation for phase 2 sensory garden
  • $673 – Red River Area Sportsmen’s Club for trap throwers
  • $500 – Richland 44 PTO for children’s theater production group fees
  • $500 – five individual medical needs, $500 each
  • $1,000 – BIO Girls – Abercrombie for curriculum materials and supplies
  • $640 – McLeod Historical Preservation Society for deck cleaning & staining materials
  • $500 – City of Kent Community Hall for kitchen equipment
  • $1,500 – Colfax Park Board for finish hockey/skating rink

Total awards for 2018: $14,238

2017

  • Red River Area Sportsmen’s Club – $494.50 for a replacement clay target thrower in Mooreton
  • Wyndmere Museum Foundation – $500 to finish the school house basement
  • Hankinson Fire Protection District – $2,000 for replacement fire truck
  • Bagg Bonanza Farm Historical Preservation Society – $500 for building repairs and upkeep
  • Mantador Fire Dept. – $2,000 for fire truck repair expenses
  • McLeod Preservations Historical Society – $1,000 for re-roofing the McLeod Depot
  • Wyndmere/Barney Ambulance –$1,000 for resuscitation mannequins
  • Colfax Park Board – $1,000 for new restrooms in shower house
  • Fairmount Park District – $1,000 for building repairs
  • CHI St Francis Foundation – $1,000 for sensory garden
  • Wyndmere-Barney Ambulance – $1,500 for an AED
  • Colfax Wold Softball – $500 for a grill for concessions
  • One individual, medical need – $500
  • Rollag Softball – $1,000 to purchase a lawn mower
  • Richland PTO – $500 for Missoula children’s theater
  • Marketplace for Kids – $500 for education day events
  • Richland Music Parents – $1,500 for stage lighting and sound equipment
  • Lidgerwood Park Board – $1,000 for new pool furniture
  • Abercrombie Park, Museum and Pavilion – $1,500 for Pavilion roofing project
  • Colfax Wold Softball Field – $900 for new bases and umpire equip
2016

  • Aber Park Board – $1,500 for baseball equipment
  • Barnesville Area Community Fund – $1,000 for a splash pad
  • Colfax Community Center – $1,000 to replace furnace
  • Colfax Softball – $500 for fast pitch softball equipment
  • Fairmount Park District – $1,000 to renovate park bathrooms
  • Fairmount Public School – $500 for phy-ed mats
  • Great Bend Park Board – $500 to replace ball diamond back stop fence
  • Hankinson Community Betterment Club – $750 for tent space, tables & chairs
  • Hankinson Legion/Friskop Learning Site – $1,500 for an orchard irrigation system
  • Immanuel Lutheran Early Child Care Center – $1,000 for classroom TVs and video equipment
  • Matt Kinneberg – $1,500 for a narcotics search dog for various authorities
  • Lidgerwood/Hankinson Rural Health Assn – $1,000 for building renovations
  • Lidgerwood Public School/NASP Archery – $500 for archery equipment and supplies
  • Lidgerwood Rural Ambulance Service – $1,000 for tables & chairs for training
  • Marketplace for Kids – $1,000 for Education Day supplies
  • Three Rivers Gymnastics – $1,000 for an air floor system
  • SEND Theatre – $1,000 for a sound system
  • Western MN Steam Threshers Reunion – $1,100 for an AED unit
  • Two individuals – $500 each for medical expenses & mobility equipment
September 2015

  • American Legion Post #153 (Barnesville), Reed Field project – $2,500 for ball field improvements
  • Bagg American Legion Post #153 (Barnesville), Reed Field project – $2,500 for ball field improvements
  • Humane Society of Richland-Wilkin Counties – $500 for fire security system
  • Mantador Fire Dept. – $1,000 to equip new fire truck
  • Sandhills Park Board – $1,500 for bathroom/shower facilities
  • Wyndmere Senior Citizens Center – $500 for building improvements
  • Wyndmere Museum Foundation – $600 for external renovations

June 2015

  • Barnesville Ambulance – $1,000 for new training mannequins
  • Bagg Bonanza Farm – $1,000 towards an elevator in the mule barn
  • Great Bend Park Board – $1,000 for park shelter improvements
  • Fairmount Park District – $1,000 for a disc golf course
  • Two individuals – $500 each for medical needs

Other 2015 Donations:

  • ACTIVE Task Force – $300 for activity totes for daycares
  • Bagg Bonanza Farm – $1,000 towards an elevator in the mule barn
  • Barnesville Ambulance – $1,000 for new training mannequins
  • Fairmount Park District – $1,000 for a disc golf course
  • Galchutt Sons of the American Legion – $500 to install water & repair bathroom at the ball diamond
  • Great Bend Park Board – $1,000 for park shelter improvements
  • Hankinson Community Betterment Club – $750 to purchase a large tent and tables
  • Hankinson Fire Protection District – $1,000 for air tanks and breathing apparatus
  • Wilkin County 4-H Robotics – $300 for robotics materials
  • Wyndmere Park Board – $1,000 for park/playground equipment
  • Four individuals – $500 each for medical needs
2014 Donations:

  • Abercrombie Park Board – $1,500 to replace ball diamond fence
  • Barnesville Fire Dept. – $500 for a water storage tank
  • Hankinson Industrial Development Corp. – $800 for a portable dance floor
  • Hankinson Little Theatre – $500 for space rental
  • Hankinson Public Library – $500 to automate card catalog
  • Hawley Golden Riders – $630 for safety vests
  • Lidgerwood Progressive Development Corp. – $500 for handicapped-accessible bathrooms at public library
  • McLeod Historical Preservation Society – $2,500 to complete schoolhouse addition
  • St. Gerard’s Community of Care – $1,000 to modernize nurses’ station
  • Western MN Steam Threshers Reunion – $1,500 for wheelchair ramps
  • Two individuals – $500 each for medical expenses
  • Bagg Bonanza Historical Society – $1,000 for electrical wiring
  • Barnesville Area Helpers – $350 for a computer and software
  • Caring Hands of ND – $1,000 for new Lidgerwood senior citizens building
  • Colfax Park Board – $1,000 for playground equip. & sidewalk
  • Fairmount Park Board – $1,000 for new baseball outfield fence & backstop
  • Great Bend Park Board – $1,500 to build shed for park supplies
  • Hankinson American Legion – $500 to install heat in learning center
  • Hankinson Volunteer Fire Dept. – $1,000 for Polaris Ranger for firefighting
  • Hankinson Youth Football – $600 for new helmets
  • Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership – $1,000 for two home repairs
  • Mantador VFW/Community Center – $750 for heat pumps
  • Richland County Wildlife Club – $500 for archery equipment
  • SEND Theatre – $600 for stage lighting
  • Wyndmere Fitness Center – $1,000 for AED
  • Wyndmere High School – $500 for guest speaker
  • Wyndmere Museum Foundation – $1,000 to relocate the Danton school
  • Wyndmere Teen Center – $500 for a furnace
  • One individual received $500 for medical expenses.
  • Abercrombie Volunteer Fire & Rescue – $500 for pagers
  • Bagg Bonanza Historical Farm – $500 to reside Main House
  • Barney VFW Hall Foundation – $1,500 for furnace/AC
  • Galchutt American Legion – $1,000 for baseball field improvements
  • Hankinson Park District – $1,000 to build softball and youth ball fields
  • Hankinson Volunteer Ambulance Service – $1,000 for a power cot
  • McLeod Historical Society – $1,500 for museum renovations & fire door
  • Mooreton Fire Department – $1,000 for fire nozzles
  • Richland High School Football Field Committee – $1,000 for football field improvements
  • United Way of Richland-Wilkin – $500 for school backpack food program
  • Great Bend Park Board – $1,500 for repair of baseball diamond fence
  • Hankinson Little Theater in the Park – $500 for production group fee
  • Hankinson American Legion Outdoor Learning Ctr – $1,500 for floor heat boiler
  • Mooreton Sportsman’s Club – $1,000 for building electrical service
  • Wolverton Fire Dept. & Rescue Squad – $500 for radio equipment
  • Wyndmere Fire Department – $500 for washer & dryer
  • Wyndmere Youth Football – $750 for helmets
  • Two individuals – $500 each for medical & disability-related expenses
  • Aber Morning Coffee – $1,000 for kitchen cabinets
  • Abercombie Park Board – $1,000 for ball diamond dugouts
  • Bagg Bonanza Historical Society – $2,500 for finishing of mule barn
  • Barney Fire Responders – $1,280 for portable radio
  • Colfax Community Center – $500 for kitchen cabinets
  • Colfax Fire & Rescue – $1500 for Jaws of Life
  • Fairmount Park Board – $1000 for playground equipment
  • Hankinson Fire District – $2500 for fire truck equipment
  • Hankinson Park Board – $1,000 for city park facilities
  • Mooreton Sportsman’s Club – $500 for building
  • Richland High School – $1,000 for running track
  • Tewaukon Rod & Gun Club – $750 for boat landing repair
  • Wilkin Co. Sheriff’s Posse – $750 for safety equipment
  • Wyndmere Fire Dept. – $1,500 for an overhead water fill system
  • Wyndmere High School – $500 for speaker appearances
  • Abercrombie Fire Dept. – $1,500 for furnace in apparatus garage
  • American Legion Post 53-Breckenridge – $300 for baseball uniforms
  • Barnesville Ambulance Service – $300 for specialty gloves
  • City of Hankinson Community Center – $2,500 to build new center
  • Colfax Park Board – $800 for siding on pool & cafe
  • Galchutt Sons of the Legion – $500 to start junior shooting sports
  • Hankinson American Legion Learning Center – $1,500 for restroom fixtures
  • Hankinson Senior Citizens – $1,000 for shingles
  • Hawley Area Fire Dept. – $500 for pagers
  • Lidgerwood Golf Board – $500 for clubhouse shingles
  • Lidgerwood Progressive Dev. Corp. – $1,000 for basketball court at the school
  • Mantador Fire District  – $500 for siding and shingles
  • McLeod VFW Community Hall – $750 for shingles
  • McLeod Historical Society – $1,000 for schoolhouse shingles
  • Mooreton Park District – $500 for new lawnmower
  • St.Gerard’s Nursing Home – $1,000 to handicapped-accessible remodeling
  • VFW Post in Barnesville – $1,000 for handicapped-accessible entry
  • Wilkin Co. 4-H Shooting Sports – $500 for field trip
  • Wyndmere-Barney Ambulance – $1,500 for CPAP machine
  • Three individuals – $200 each for emergency & medical expenses
  • Abercrombie Fire Dept. – $500 for a specialty chainsaw
  • Aber Park Museum – $500 for tables & chairs in pavilion
  • Bagg Bonanza Historical Society – $500 to paint mule barn
  • Barney Park Board – $1,000 for playground equipment
  • Colfax Softball – $1,000 for fence repair
  • Fairmount Community Center – $750 for fire exit doors
  • Hank. American Legion – $1,500 for outdoor learning center & veterans memorial
  • Hankinson Public Library – $500 to purchase books
  • Hawley Emerg. Response Team – $250 for pagers & helmets
  • St. Gerard’s Nursing Home – $1,000 to remodel resident dining room
  • Walcott-Colfax Fire Dept. – $500 for washing machine
  • Wilkin Co. 4-H Horse Project – $500 for riding arena restroom facilities
  • Wyndmere Park Board – $500 for playground equipment
  • Richland Elem. Advisory Board – $1,000 for playground equipment
  • Mooreton Fire Dept. – $1,000 for fire equipment

Board of Directors

A separate volunteer Board of Directors of Red River Communication’s members oversees the Common Cents fund. It meets quarterly to review applications and approve donations. Thank you, board members, for your time and talents!

Terri Tschakert

Chairperson - Kent

Lou Ann Lee

Vice-Chairperson - Abercrombie

Andrea Haugen

Secretary - Lidgerwood/Wyndmere

Elizabeth Thiele

Great Bend

Amy Bredman

Barnesville

Donna Berg

Fairmount/Hankinson

Pam Krump

Colfax

Shelly Wolf

Mooreton

Julie Hansen

Rollag