Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 21 NO. 9  -  September 2018

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Where did the time go?

Neighbors, Consumer-Owners and friends, thank you for inviting me into this fine community!  Believe it or not, we’ve been together for one year now!  I have met so many fine people around the NIECI Territory and in the industry over the past year.  These relationships really enforce how truly honored and blessed I am to represent North Itasca Electric Cooperative as your CEO.  Thank you!

I was visiting with Daryl and John Pierson the other day about our territory.  We have had several outages this summer and we are working with John to alleviate some of these trouble areas.


Interviewing the linemen  

by Cassandra Bender

I got the honor to go see the linemen for North Itasca Electric in action at work and interview them. It was a great experience. 

I got to go up in the bucket trucks almost as high as the treetops and put on all the climbing equipment. It’s very heavy and hard to walk in; I think you must have a lot of strength to climb all those poles. When I went out, the guys were working on a new service which they put underground. I interviewed a few of the guys and here is what they had to say:

How long does a new service usually take to set up?
“About 6 hours or all day, sometimes it can get delayed depending on how far we have to travel”


Don’t wait until tomorrow  

by Jerry Loney

How many times do we find ourselves putting things off: fixing those bad shingles, harvesting the garden, even checking the fluids in our cars?

When unaddressed, we find the roof is leaking, the green beans in the garden are too big to eat, and worse, the engine in the car seizes because it ran out of oil. These scenarios happen more often than we would like to admit, and we sometimes need a reminder.

We still have warm days ahead before the cold days of winter, but experience has taught us that the turning leaves of September don’t wait and the cool days of October speed by just as fast to find the heating season is here.  


Operation Round Up grant applications due Friday, Sept. 28  

Thanks to the generosity of nearly 85 percent of the Members of North Itasca Electric Co-op., the Board of Trustees for Operation RoundUp will have approximately $10,000 to distribute to various communities and organizations serving our members.  The North Itasca Electric Community Trust is funded by voluntary contributions from members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative members.

The deadline for grant applications is Friday, September 28 at 4:30 p.m.   Application forms along with instructions can be obtained by calling the office at (218) 743-3131 or 1(800)762-4048, by e-mail to jerryl@nieci.com or online.  Applicants can also contact their director or one of the Trust Board Members listed on the continuing page.


Propane price vs. Electric Storage and Dual Fuel rates  

   Propane produces 91500 Btus per gallon
   Fuel oil produces 138500 Btus per gallon
   Electricity produces 3412 Btus per kWh
   »  26.817 kWhs of electric equals 1 gallon propane energy in Btus.
   »  40.59 kWhs of electricity equals 1 gallon Fuel oil energy in Btus.

propane vs electricity

September 2018 Calendar of Events 

1 Spring Lake Store (7 mi. west of Talmoon on Co. Rd. 4) hosts Jerry Hagen and friends for music, 1-3 p.m.
3 Labor Day.  North Itasca Electric offices CLOSED.
4 First day of the 2018-2019 school year, all schools.
4 ISD 318 School Board meeting, Admin Board Room Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. Public forum, 6:30 p.m. Via telepresence at Bigfork School.
4 Mizpah City Council meets in Mizpah Community Center, 7 p.m.
6 Storytelling  at Marcell Town Hall, 6:30 p.m.“Story of your Choice,”  coffee and treats served.  All ages welcome.   
7 Reception  for Betsy Bowen’s “World of Woodcuts” at the Edge Gallery in Bigfork, 5-7 p.m.  Exhibit runs Sept. 6-29.  Gallery is open Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.