Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 19 NO. 4  -  April 2016

Chris Corradi

Chris Corradi selected as new CEO 

by Sally Sedgwick

Working in the rural electric cooperative utility industry wasn’t what Chris Corradi planned for a career when he graduated from Bemidji State University with a degree in accounting.

“Now,” he says, “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

What he found was an environment that he appreciated; a family oriented atmosphere where people look out for and care for one another, and a business model that puts the member-owners first. In fact, as the new CEO of North Itasca Electric, his goal for the cooperative is to continue to be a progressive co-op that keeps the members’ best interest at heart.

Corradi grew up in Oslo,Minn., a town about the same size as Bigfork, just north of Grand Forks. As a student at BSU, he landed an 8 month intern position as a marketing/public relations specialist with Beltrami Electric Cooperative.


My commitment to you  

by Chris Corradi, CEO

It is an honor and a privilege to have been selected as North Itasca Electric Cooperative’s CEO. For the last three years, I have been the Manager of Finance and Office Services at your cooperative. I have enjoyed meeting many of you throughout the past few years and look forward to getting to know more of you as time goes on.

In my time at North Itasca Electric it has become obvious that there is a great sense of pride in the communities we serve. This can be seen through you, our members, your board of directors, and the employees at your cooperative.

The employees are dedicated to providing the best possible service to our member-owners. From the linemen to those in the office, North Itasca Electric’s employees are committed to serving the membership of the cooperative.

Your board of directors also display that same commitment. They are a progressive, forward-thinking group of individuals that always place the member-owner’s interests at the forefront.


Home ventilation systems  

by Jerry Loney, Energy Management Specialist

With energy efficiency on the minds of most people, new home construction practices have changed considerably. Homes are constructed much tighter, meaning that there are less opportunities for cold outside air to find its way in. During the winter months, we try to keeping this cold air out, reducing the run time of our heating systems.

If we are scientific in this exchange of air, we will find another scenario; high pressure seeking after low pressure, warm air seeking after cold. In our home's structure (or building envelop) we maintain an environment that is comfortable to us. This comfort level is determined by the setting on our thermostat. With the scenario just mentioned, there is a constant battle between pressure and temperature. Warmer air contains more (and active) air molecules holding a higher pressure than colder, less active air causing it to seek cracks and crevasses to escape our home.


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.

At the regular meeting of the Board of Directors held in the office of the cooperative on March 24, 2016, the Board of Directors appointed the nominating committee as shown in the box on the continuing page.

The duty of the nominating committee is to select, propose and post a list of candidates for director for Districts 7, 8 and 9. The nominating committee will meet in the office of the cooperative, Bigfork, Minn. on May 5, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.


Mark your calendar early for this year’s Coal Creek Tour  

We will be departing North Itasca Electric Cooperative on July 18 and returning July 20.

We will be touring power plants owned and operated by Great River Energy in central North Dakota. The two-night, three-day tour includes visits to Spiritwood Station, Coal Creek Station, Falkirk Mine, Garrison Dam, the Headwaters Fort Mandan Visitors Center and the newly remodeled Heritage Center in Bismarck.

Our stop at Spiritwood will be the first time we’ve toured the facility and will be educational for us all. Work began on this facility in October 2007. The 99 MW coal-fired power plant is part of an industrial park and sits adjacent to a Cargill malting facility. Plans call for Cargill Malt to use 200,000 pounds of steam per hour from the plant in its production processes, making Spiritwood Station the first Combined Heat and Power plant in the state of North Dakota. When fully operational, the plant will generate up to 70 megawatts of baseload electricity and up to 29 megawatts of peaking power.

Our tour this year will also include an actual walk through of the Garrison Dam. With dam tours ending the first week in August, we did not want to miss this great experience.

The cost for the tour is $75 per person. It's a great price for a tour where young and old can learn where the energy we use comes from and the processes involved in delivering electricity to your outlets.

Touring these plants and sites are only half the excitement; there will be fun and games on the way out and back as well. Your tour guide Jerry Loney will make sure of that!

April 2016 Calendar of Events 

1 Deadline for RoundUp® applications, 4:30 p.m.
4 No school, Deer River School
4 Community Conversation about healthy weight on the Edge of the Wilderness, Bigfork Valley Commons, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome. RSVP to Simone at child131@umn.edu or call (206) 724-1411
5 ISD 318 School Board meets, 7 p.m. Via telepresence at Bigfork School.
7 Storytelling at Marcell Town Hall, 2-4 p.m. Everyone welcome, Come and reminisce and share stories. Topic is "Anything April." Coffee and treats served.