Electric cooperatives are disappointed—but not surprised—that last September the Administration officially abandoned an all-of-the-above energy strategy for a new, all-but-one approach that effectively removes coal from the nation’s fuel mix in the future.
The policy, proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sets stringent limits on carbon dioxide emissions from future coal or natural gas
plants. Trouble is, the new standards are impossible to meet with existing technology.
Thanks to the generosity of nearly 80 percent of the Members of North Itasca Electric Co-op., the Board of Trustees for Operation Round-Up
will have over $10,000 to distribute to various communities and organizations in the area. The deadline for grant applications is Friday, April 4
at 4:30 p.m. Application forms along with instructions can be obtained by calling the office at 218-743-3131 or 1-800-762-4048, by e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org or online HERE, by contacting your North Itasca Electric Co-op., Inc. Director or by contacting one of the Trust Board Members listed on the continuing page.
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) held public meetings in February for Minnesota Power’s Great Northern Transmission Line project, a 500 kV line running from the Canadian border in northwestern Minnesota to the Blackberry substation on the Iron Range. The transmission line will pass through North Itasca Electric service territory with several alternative routes passing near Northome, Effie, Bigfork and the Scenic area southeast of Bigfork.
North Itasca Electric Cooperative has a new line superintendent, and he is a familiar face to many members.
Ron Root retired as line superintendent at the end of 2013, and in February Daryl Pederson was hired for the position. Pederson has been with the cooperative since 2003 and was assistant line superintendent.
Minnesota’s Touchstone Energy
Co-ops to help state parks
Minnesota’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives will once again join together to help spruce up our State Park system this spring for project GreenTouch. This year, GreenTouch day is set for Saturday, May 3, when electric cooperative employees and members will volunteer in various parks throughout the state.
Locally, North Itasca Electric Cooperative employees and members will work together at Scenic State Park brushing, cleaning trails and park maintenance.
Billy Molls, star of the "Modern Day Mountain Man®," will return to the Marcell Family Center for its annual winter fundraiser, Cabin Fever Reliever. Molls will share stories and videos of his Alaskan adventures and will be joined by well-known pro fishing guide Brian "Bro" Brosdahl from Max, Minn. Official Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young scorer Ken Schaar will also be on hand to score personal trophies.
The Fever Reliever will be held on Saturday, March 8 starting at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour. Dinner will be catered by the Timberwolf Inn and the presentations will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($10, 12 and under) and can be purchased at the Family Center and Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center in Marcell, First State Bank of Bigfork, and Clafton Skate and Sport in Grand Rapids.
The evening will also include raffles, a silent auction, information booths, outdoor vendors, and giveaways and prizes for kids.