Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 15 NO. 7  -  July 2012

Annual Meeting 2012  

by Sally Sedgwick

It was a day of accolades for the accomplishments of Jeff Ortman over the 39 years he has been with North Itasca Electric Cooperative; 28 of them as general manager and CEO.

One of the most important visions Ortman has had was to complete an additional feed to the system so cooperative members were not dependent on the transmission line coming from Deer River. Over the next year, this will become a reality, and at the meeting David Saggau, CEO of Great River Energy, announced that in recognition of Ortman’s service to the system, the new substation north of Effie would be called the Ortman Substation.


July Events  

Health Expo Saturday, July 21

Treats are in store for visitors to the Health Expo at Bigfork Valley from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. It’s a day of exploration, learning and fun for all ages.

Along with the famous root beer floats and yogurt parfaits, visitors can taste the chocolate and caramel specialties of Chiqui’s Chocolates at the Gift Nest. Visitors can also find local resources, visit health and fitness vendor displays, find out their blood type, try a Wii game, learn how to use a fire extinguisher, see the inside of a helicopter medical airlift and talk with the pilot (emergencies and weather permitting); visit with kayak lady Mary Schindler who has paddled all of Itasca County’s lakes, and much more around the campus.


Roxanne's Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, Sales Assistant

Dishwasher problems:

Sooner or later something goofs up and you’re stuck with the thought, "Should I call a repair man to try to fix it or buy a new one?" I get a lot of calls where people are asking is it worth calling a repair man ,or should I just replace it?

It depends on how old it is and what is wrong. Sometimes it is just something small that you could do yourself if you knew how. Before you spend a lot of money getting a repairman, check these things; you might be able to fix it yourself.


Red Bookshelf in Bigfork  

by Amy Dahlke

Community Education in conjunction with the Project Read initiative has brought the Bright Red Bookshelves to the Bigfork area. Project Read's mission is to get the whole community behind a common goal: ALL area children ready to read when they enter school. That is why a Bright Red Bookshelf has been brought to our community.

The Bright Red Bookshelf program collects and circulates gently used children's books. Children can enjoy these books at bookshelf sites and are able to take a book from the bookshelf and take it home with them to keep. The goal is to help promote family reading and to make sure all children have their own books. Grand Rapids has shelves around town and it has turned out to be a very popular project.


July 2012 Calendar of Events 

4 Big Falls annual celebration. Activities start at 9 a.m., kiddie parade at 3;30 p.m., main parade at 5 p.m., street dance 8:30 p.m., fireworks at dusk.
5 Storytelling at Marcell Town Hall building, 6:30 p.m. All ages welcome. Coffee and treats. Subject:"Fourth of July stories"
6 Opening reception for the Edge Gallery July exhibit: Art on the Edge: Eighth Annual Juried Art Exhibit, 5-7 p.m. Awards ceremony 6:15 p.m. 2-D and 3-D winners, People's Choice voted on by visitors July 5, 6. Exhibit runs July 5-28. Gallery open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs, Fri, Sat.
9 Women of the Woods meet at 10 a.m. at Sand Lake Community Center. Call Kim Giehler at 659-4654 or Marlys Maki at 659-2901
9 Deer River School Board meets, 6 p.m.
9 VFW meets in Bigfork second Monday at 7 p.m.