Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 20 NO. 5  -  May 2017


Board Nominations Open for Districts 4, 5 and 6  

The nominating committee will meet in the office of the cooperative, Bigfork, Minn. on May 9, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. The duty of the nominating committee is to select, propose and post a list of candidates for director for Districts 4, 5 and 6.

Members of the cooperative are urged to contact a nominating committee person or alternate and let them know if you have a candidate for the Board of Directors. All candidates selected should be qualified by the nominating committee person prior to the meeting to ensure that if elected, he or she could serve in the capacity of director for a period of three years in Districts 4, 5 or 6.† Each candidate must be a Member of the cooperative and a bona fide resident of the district having director elections. You can determine which district you are in by looking at your billing statement.† Your director district is listed at the bottom of the kWh Usage History graph.††

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CEO Report  

by Chris Corradi, CEO

As we enter the month of May, your cooperative is preparing for summer projects to enhance service reliability to our membership. We have laid out a construction work plan covering the next five years that we believe will provide major benefits to our member-owners. Below is a brief update of projects scheduled for the summer of 2017:

  • County Road 35: North of Bowstring Lake: We will be converting 2.5 miles of overhead line to underground. This conversion will cover the north side of Bowstring Lake to the south side of Sand Lake.
  • County Road 32 to Dunbar: Converting one mile of overhead line to underground line from the intersection of County Road 149 to the Dunbar Road.
  • Wirt Area: Converting a half-mile of single phase line to three-phase line going west from County Road 31.
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Area greenhouse openings  

Bigfork

Bigfork Hardware is located just north of the river on Highway 38. Onsite greenhouse with baskets, planters and patio vegetables. Phone: (218) 743-3231. Open store hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon - Fri; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.

Country Gardens Greenhouse is located in the parking lot of Kocianís featuring flowers, heirloom vegetables and hanging baskets. Opening mid-May, hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon Ė Sat. Phone: (218) 743-3343

Blackduck

Grundmeierís Greenhouse is located at 589 Main St North, Blackduck. Opening Fri., May 5. Hours are 9 a.m. Ė 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Grundmeierís carries bedding plants, hanging baskets and planters. Phone: (218) 835-6656

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Operation RoundUp® grants  

The North Itasca Electric Community Trust Board was able to award grants to local organizations totaling $9,812 due to the generosity of the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative who "round up" their monthly bills to the next dollar, turning cents into significant contributions to local projects benefitting their communities.

North Itasca Electric Community Trust

Operation RoundUpģ grants awarded April 2017

Applicant OrganizationProject TitleAmt Awarded
ARDENHURST TOWNSHIP CEMETERY GRAVE LOCATION BILLBOARD $200.00
BIGFORK IMPROVEMENT GROUP B.I.G. GOLF TOURNAMENT $100.00
BIGFORK WILDERNESS COMMITTEE SEND 3 B.H.S. DANCERS TO DANCE CAMP $200.00
CITY OF BIGFORK BIGFORK COMMUNITY ICE SKATING RINK $200.00
CITY OF EFFIE- RODEO DAZE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION AND PARADE $200.00
CITY OF NORTHOME ROADSIDE LANDSCAPE PROJECT(BILLBOARD) $100.00
CITY OF NORTHOME ROADSIDE LANDSCAPE PROJECT(MAINTENANCE) $100.00

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Sign up for the Elk River/Maple Grove Tour  

Instead of the traditional Coal Creek Station Tour North Itasca Electric will offer a new tour this year, demonstrating renewable energy sources and conservation methods which reduce our need for fossil fuels when generating electricity.

North Itasca Electricís member-owners will view and learn about electric generation using renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, RDF (refuse derived fuel), biomass and methane to create electricity for the grid.


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May 2017 Calendar of Events 

1 North Woods Craft Store in Northome opens, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Sat.
1 Bloodmobile at Bigfork Valley, 2-5 p.m. Sign up with Amy Dahlke at (218) 256-6154 or at mbc.org, sponsor code 2149
2 Mizpah City Council meets in Mizpah Community Center, 7 p.m.
4 Edge Center Gallery, Bigfork hosts the Bigfork School Student Art Exhibit through May 20. Edge Gallery is open Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
4 Storytelling at Marcell Town Hall building, 6:30 p.m. Coffee and treats served.
5,6 Treasures Are Fine 60 mile long garage sale from Bowstring through Talmoon, Spring Lake, Wirt, Dora Lake, Alvwood, Squaw Lake and Sand Lake. Most sales 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sat. Maps at stores along route, food. More info, Facebook.com/treasures6429.

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