Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 15 NO. 8  -  August 2012

Dateline July 2: Extreme Storm  

On July 2 around 7:30 p.m. severe thunderstorms hit the northland; winds of 70 to 90 mph were reported. The transmission feed from Deer River failed, and later telephone communications were also out. A second round hit two days later. It was a scenario that engaged every employee at North Itasca Electric and would last for five days before all members were restored to power.


Earlybird registration closes August 24
Challenge races set for Saturday, Sept. 8  

The annual Challenge half marathon and 10k races and 5k walk/run are just over a month away; earlybird registration ends on Aug. 24 and guarantees a tee shirt for participants, but runners may register up to race day on Sat., Sept. 8.

Following Scenic Highway 7 and the Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway, the Bigfork Valley Challenge half marathon has a uniquely beautiful and challenging course along both asphalt and gravel roads. New last year, the race route will be certified this year as well as the 10k route that runs north of Bigfork along the River Road.


Coming up in August  

Arts & Crafts Fair Aug 3

It’s the 38th year of the Arts & Crafts Fair at the Bigfork School on Friday, Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This year there will be a used book sale, bake sale and the Famous Wild Rice Salad for lunch as well as the work of many local craftsmen and artisans. All items for sale are handmade by the exhibitor.

The Arts & Crafts Fair is presented by the Bigfork Valley Hospital Auxiliary and co-sponsored by the EOW Community Center and ISD 318 Community and Family Education. Proceeds from the fair are matched by Bigfork Valley and go toward scholarships for local students enrolled in a health care course of study. Admission is $1, free to preschoolers.


My view from the board table  

by Wes Waller, Director, District 2

In today’s fast-paced world one of the catchphrases of the time is multitasking. Evidently I am not very good at it because I missed last month’s deadline completely. So in an effort to embrace the times I am starting early this month. I would like to touch on two different topics, a question on the past and a peek at the future.


August 2012 Calendar of Events 

2 Storytelling at Marcell Town Hall building, 6:30 p.m. All ages welcome. Coffee and treats. Subject: "Resort Experiences"
3 Arts & Crafts Fair at Bigfork School, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All items handmade by exhibitors. $1 admission. Book sale, bake sale, luncheon. Proceeds to scholarships for students enrolled in health care curriculum.
3 Edge Gallery exhibits Al Krueger, "Wildlife." Opening reception 1-3 p.m. Exhibit runs Aug. 2-Sept. 1. Gallery adjacent to Bigfork School open Thurs-Sat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
3-5 White Oak Rendezvous just north of Deer River on Highway 6 at the Fur Post. Fri and Sat, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
4-5 Tall Timber Days in Grand Rapids
7 North Country Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. at the Marcell Family Center. Cindy Bailey will talk on building small garden enclosures to extend growing season for vegetables and greens.