Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 19 NO. 10  -  October 2016

Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance Programs

Jourdan's Family Diner  

by Sally Sedgwick

There’s free coffee for seniors over 60 and veterans between 5:30 and 10 a.m.

“They put their time in,” said Doug Jourdan. “I can buy them coffee in the morning.”

Doug and his wife Kim are the owners of Jourdan’s Family Diner, just opened on August 8 in Northome. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week from 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and stays open until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

It’s also open after home high school sports games with a special menu. With three children of their own, Timothy (21), Justin (18) and Jessie (16), the couple realized that Northome’s rural setting meant that teams and fans needed a place to get a quick meal before a long drive home.


CEO Report: Think ahead to the winter heating season  

by Chris Corradi, CEO

It’s hard to believe that summer has now passed us by and winter is right around the corner. The fall colors are starting to appear in many parts of our service territory offering a vibrant, picturesque landscape. It’s a favorite time of year for many of us who enjoy the outdoors.

II may sound like a broken record, but this is also the time of year when we need to prepare our home heating systems for the long, cold winter months. Now is the time to have your heating system checked by a heating professional to make sure it’s operating properly.

If you’re considering making a switch to the dual fuel or storage heating system that your cooperative offers, please let us know. We can then ensure that your electric service is adequate to meet the additional load.


Winter Load Management control hours changeover  

On September 14, winter control hours began for North Itasca Electric Load Control members. Below are the proposed hours Great River Energy will be controlling loads:

  1. Electric Thermal Storage . Water Heating and Pool Heating
    1. Total estimated winter control: Every day during winter months (October-May)
    2. Predefined load control periods: Winter control strategy `
       Day  Restore times  Shed times  Total daily recharge 
       Monday - Friday 11:00 p.m. - midnight  7:00 - 8:00 a.m.  8 hours
       Saturday - Sunday
       except for billing peaks 
       except for billing peaks 
       24 hours

October 2016 Calendar of Events 

Sept.29-Oct.29 Edge Gallery show: “What’s Left: Lives Touched by Suicide," a traveling exhibit with over 45 artists exhibiting. Edge Gallery is open Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
1 Stuart Pimsler Dance Theater, Edge Center in Bigfork, 7 p.m.
1 Backwoods Bash Crawfish Boil, 5 p.m. at Fire Department, $20. Following at 7 p.m. by Variety Show, Blackduck High School. Freewill offering fundraiser for Arts and Music Department at BHS.
3 Financial Aid night at Northome School, 6-8 p.m. College aid options.
3 ISD 318 School Board meets, 7 p.m. at Bigfork School.
6 Storytelling at Marcell Town Hall, 6:30 p.m.All ages welcome, Coffee and treats served.
8-9 Medieval Fall Camp at the White Oak Fur Post just north of Deer River on Highway 6. $2 adults, youth 10 and under free. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Woodworker, leatherworker, blacksmith, axe and spear throwing. Peasant Pottage Feed starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, $5. More info, call (218) 246-9393 or whiteoakhistoricalsociety.org.