Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 17 NO. 5  -  May 2014

Business Profile: Effie Café 

by Sally Sedgwick

Co-op Connection

Show your Cooperative Connections card and receive: 25 percent off second entrée of equal or lesser value (Limit: one discounted meal per card per visit)

Effie Cafe

Effie Café

“What a lovely oasis in the wilderness!” wrote a visitor from St. Paul.

“Nick ate the 2 scoop ice cream!!” wrote another. “It was tough BUT I DID IT!!” answered Nick.

“We had a good meal here, and we come from Norway...” commented one international visitor.

In fact, a quick browse of one year’s guest book shows visitors from 19 states and 6 foreign countries who came to the Effie Café at the corner of Highways 38 and 1 in northern Itasca County.


What is a Power Cost Adjustment? 

by Jared Echternach, CEO

This winter has been one for the record books. Because of the extreme cold, many homeowners used more electricity to heat their homes than in recent memory, which has resulted in larger electricity bills. The increased electricity use resulted in extra costs for North Itasca Electric’s wholesale power supplier, Great River Energy.

Like any business, utilities budget their sales and expenses for the year ahead in order to set prices. In the case of a not-for-profit electric cooperative like Great River Energy, electricity is sold to its member cooperatives at cost, with margins allotted to ensure the company’s financial strength.


2014 Road Construction 

Road construction projects in northern Itasca County during 2014 include three regrade and/or paving projects and three bridge replacements. Roads are county state aid highways (CSAH).

Highway 5 north of Effie

Regrading the road will be done in early June and will not detour traffic. Paving will start on July 14 and be completed August 22. Bituminous and shoulder work will also continue into Koochiching County.


Spring Round-Up® Grant Awards 

The North Itasca Electric Trust Board has announced its 2014 spring grants. Listed on the continuing page are 38 grant awards totaling over $11,500. North Itasca Electric Co-op would like to thank those members who round up their monthly bills making these projects possible and the members of the Trust Board who donate their time to make the difficult yet rewarding decisions on the grant requests. The next application deadline for Round-Up grants will occur in October.


May 2014 Calendar of Events 

1 Storytelling at the Marcell Town Hall 6:30 p.m. Subject is "Spring Stories."
1 Nominating Committee for North Itasca Electric Director Districts 4, 5 and 6 meets at headquarters in Bigfork, 6 p.m.
5 Last day for entries to the 2014 Edge Gallery juried art exhibit, Art on the Edge. Forms at www.the-edge-center.org .
5 North Woods Craft Store in Northome opens to the public. Summer hours are Mon.--Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
9 Mother's Day Sale and Open House at North Itasca Electric Co-op, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.