Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 17 NO. 4  -  April 2014

Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance Programs

North Itasca Electric launches Co-op Connections® Card 

North Itasca Electric Cooperative has launched a program that offers further proof that being a member of an electric cooperative has its advantages. The Co-op Connections program, a new card-based member benefit program for Touchstone Energy® cooperatives, is designed to deliver added value to cooperative members.

A free offering for co-op members and participating businesses, the program benefits cooperative members by offering valuable discounts at participating local and national businesses. At the same time, those businesses benefit from increased customer visits by co-op members participating in the program.


Thanking our rural legislators 

by Jared Echternach, CEO

Politics. Some view that word negatively and perhaps rightly so. Others may thrive on it. Either way, electric cooperatives were born in politics and continue to operate in what has become a politically charged environment both on the state and federal levels. Last month several of your board of directors and I traveled to St. Paul to meet with area legislators on energy issues and advocate on behalf of our electric cooperative members.

This year was a refreshing change from years past. Rather than simply saying no to harmful legislation, we were able to thank our rural legislative delegation for recognizing how cooperatives are different. Our efforts last year were rewarded with exclusions from potentially harmful legislation. While the Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) took the hit for additional renewable energy mandates, our rural legislators fought hard for us and our member owners, and for that we thank them.


Wes Waller

Waller re-elected to MREA Board 

North Itasca Electric Cooperative Vice President Wes Waller was re-elected for a three-year term to the Minnesota Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Directors at its annual meeting held March 12 in St. Paul. Waller has served as an MREA District 2 Director since 2008.

The Minnesota Rural Electric Association is a nonprofit trade association serving 44 distribution cooperatives and six generation and transmission cooperatives. MREA provides director and employee training programs, technical training for electric cooperative line workers, legislative leadership and serves as the focal point for electric cooperatives to work together.

Nominating Committee to Meet 

The Bylaws of the cooperative state that it shall be the duty of the Board of Directors to appoint a nominating committee prior to the annual meeting.

The committee shall propose and post at the principal office of the cooperative at least thirty (30) days before the annual meeting, a list of nominations for director, which said list shall consist of one or more candidates from each election district in which the term of the incumbent director shall expire at the next annual meeting of the members.


April 2014 Calendar of Events 

3 Storytelling at the Marcell Town Hall 6:30 p.m. Subject is "Stories of Spring."
4 Bigfork Family Fun Fest at Bigfork School, 4-7 p.m.
4 Deadline RoundUp® applications, 4:30 p.m. at North Itasca Electric headquarters
4-6 EdgeWild Players present "A Night on Broadway at the Edge" at the Edge Center in Bigfork, 7 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.
8 Stop and Stitch at Marcell Family Center. Bring sack lunch, project and $1, come and go. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact Rhonda 259-9220 or Judy at 832-3237.
8 Evergreen Friendship Club meets at noon at a local restaurant. For more info, call 659-2683.
9 Interested in the logistics of a total knee or total hip replacement surgery? Come to Bigfork Valley's comprehensive program to learn about replacement surgery. Board Room, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. RSVP required: (218) 743-4135.
9 Bigfork Lions Club meets second Wednesday, 6 p.m. at Golf on the Edge.
9 Northome School Board meets, 7 p.m.
10 Committee on Aging and TRIAD at the Over 50 Club, Bigfork. Coffee at 9 a.m., meeting 9:30-11:30 a.m. Lunch for a fee.
10 Classic Movie at the Edge Center, Bigfork at 6:30 p.m. The Gift (1934) starring W.C. Fields. Free.