Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 21 NO. 10  -  October 2018

Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance Programs

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Good afternoon,
I don’t know about you but I’m wondering what happened to summer? Along with that, I think we may have got shorted an entire fall. The pre-winter weather we all got to enjoy really took the wind out of my sails.

The wet heavy snow that fell in the beginning of October settled in the trees still full of leaves, resulting in many outages. During winter months, snow is much lighter, it falls through the branches. This batch was like concrete weighing down the trees to the point of failure. Thank you to the crews out of Beltrami and North Star Electric Cooperative that came down to help us get the lights back on. Cooperation among cooperatives is one of the seven principles we’re fortunate to live by at North Itasca Electric Cooperative.


Snow has come  

by Jerry Loney

If you read my article a couple months back “Don’t wait until tomorrow,” you may have been reminded of it when waking up October 5th to find wet heavy snow on the ground. Our yards weren’t the only thing covered, but all the trees still had their leaves, trying to hold that wet heavy white stuff.

When driving to work that morning on Hwy 38, I found myself driving around tree branches broken off or bent over so far that I needed to drive around them. Many times I had to stop and wait for other vehicles to pass by so I could drive around the branches in my lane.

In that article, I mentioned that we had thirteen weeks until snow. Well, I was wrong, and the snow came much sooner, showing us that winter waits for no one.


Hunters' Suppers  

Friday, November 2

Jesse Lake Lutheran Church
Location: County Rd. 4, 2 miles west of Talmoon
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Cost: Adults, $15; children 6-12, $6
Menu: Lutefisk, Swedish mea
tballs and lefse Also: Split the pot

Mustang Volleyball
Location: Senior Center, Northome
Time: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free Will donation
Menu: Meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy corn cole slaw, buns, desserts


Roxanne’s Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, member services representative

Most of you know by now that we have Speed Queen Washers and dryers at the co-op. I want to make sure you know we have some front load sets as well as the top load.

We have been selling Speed Queen for a few months now, and I’m happy to inform you I’ve gotten some feedback from people who have purchased them, and so far they are very pleased. I’ve heard things like “they are so quiet,” and “I can’t believe how clean my dirty clothes came out,” and last, but not least, “I can’t believe how dry my clothes were when I pulled them out of the washer, they were just damp!”

I just thought I’d share this for those of you who are thinking about Speed Queen. Yes, they are more money, but they will last a lot longer than the cheaper models. It’s like anything you invest in; you want to make sure that you know what you’re getting, just like when you buy a car you don’t just look at the price tag you make sure it is made well, right?


Welcoming Katie Smith  

Have a question? Need some information?

Katie Smith of rural Bigfork is North Itasca Electric’s new member service representative. Starting her new job at the co-op in early October, she is looking forward to interacting with the community, she said.

Moving to Bigfork about six years ago from a suburb of Minneapolis, she found an area that she really enjoyed. She likes to hunt and fish, and she and her husband Adam have three dogs: Grace, Rocky and Annabelle. They have a blended family of four older children.


Fall 2018 Operation Round Up grants awarded  

Operation Round Up® is a charitable program designed to provide financial assistance to local nonprofit organizations and community projects. Nearly 85 percent of North Itasca Electric’s 5,300 plus members voluntarily participate in the program by “rounding up” their electric bills to the nearest dollar each month. The extra charge is pooled into a separate account, which is used toward charitable giving purposes.

The average annual donation is less than $6.00 per member. The maximum annual contribution is $11.88 per year. Although the change comes in small amounts, when combined with other participating co-op members, the potential impact makes a substantial difference in northern Minnesota’s communities.

Of the funds collected through Operation Round Up, 100 percent is distributed to charitable organizations. Since the program’s inception in October 2004, more than $308,081.27 has been distributed to many community-based projects and programs.


Holiday Contests  

by Roxanne Prather

Annual Christmas Cookie/Candy Contest

It’s that time of year again when we are all starting to think about Christmas and all the baking that comes along with it! We started this contest last year and there was a pretty good interest, so we’ve decided to keep it going. I’m looking forward to seeing all the goodies you come up with this year and can’t wait to try some of the new recipes.

Please send in your favorite recipe for your candy or cookie (or one of each if you’d like), that you make at Christmas. We will compile all the recipes we receive into a book again this year. The book will be available at the Christmas Open House on Dec 6 and 7.


November 2018 Calendar of Events 

2 Reception for paper artist Ellen Sandbeck, 5-7 p.m. Exhibit runs November December 1. Gallery is open Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
2 No school, Blackduck
2,3 Hunters’ Suppers
3 Deadline for the Kids Coloring Contest.
4 Daylight Savings Time ends, set clocks back one hour.
5 No school, Northome, Deer River, Bigfork schools 
6 Mizpah City Council meets in Mizpah Community Center, 7 p.m.
6 Election Day
8 Holiday Craft and Bake Sale at Bigfork Valley, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Benefits senior services.
9 Northome School 2 p.m. dismissal
10 Holiday Craft Fair at Blackduck High School, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call Ryan Grow at 835-5206