Sunday, December 20, 2009


Holiday Promotions Offer Benefits to Participants and to Second Harvest

Updating your holiday light sets and recycling your old working refrigerator will not only

save energy, save you money and help the environment, it will also help people in need this

holiday season.

Minnesota Power and US Bank have partnered with Duluth Ace Hardware stores and

95 KQDS/Red Rock Radio to raise funds for Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. From

now through December 31, 2009, customers can ensure a donation to the food bank by

participating in Minnesota Power’s conservation program. For each string of LED holiday lights

sold at Downtown Ace Hardware and Denny’s Ace Hardware in Woodland, the food bank will

receive $2.00. What’s more the light sets which sell for $7.99 and $9.99 offer a $3.00 instant

rebate to the purchaser.

Minnesota Power is also offering their customers a chance to recycle their old, inefficient

Working refrigerator or freezer. Those who participate in this offer between now and December

31, 2009 will ensure a $25.00 donation to the food bank for each one recycled. Customers who

recycle their refrigerator or freezer also receive $50 for themselves

plus their appliance is picked up at their home address, as is listed on their Minnesota Power bill.

“We are seeing an unprecedented number of people needing our food bank’s food this

holiday season,” said Shaye Moris, the food bank’s executive director. “Minnesota Power and

US Bank have pledged their support to help. If people have a need to upgrade their holiday

lights to more energy efficient sets or want to recycle their old working refrigerators or freezers

they should really consider doing it now. Their purchase or recycling would have great impact

on so many people in need right now.”

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, the region’s only “food bank,” is on track this

year to rescue a record 3.3 million pounds of food or enough food for 2.6 million meals for

distribution to 140 non-profit programs and 40,000 Northland residents located throughout NE

Minnesota (St. Louis, Carlton, Lake and Cook counties) and NW Wisconsin (Douglas, Bayfield,

Ashland and Iron counties. For more information visit For

further details about this special promotion visit