Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 22 NO. 2  -  March 2019

Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance Programs

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Ladies and gentlemen of North Itasca,

We are merely four weeks away from spring! We’re almost there, we’ve pretty much done it! This was a winter to write home about. I must raise up in my seat slightly to see over the snowbank blocking my view. The wind continues to try taking the top off this fortress, only leaving more snow in the failed efforts. On the bright side, the guys tell me there isn’t much frost to speak of out there. We’re due for a beautiful spring and early planting season, fingers crossed.

I’m gearing up to travel with our board of directors down to the capital. We are heading down to visit with our representatives attempting to tell our story. The hot topic I want to discuss this year is mandates. Mandates only cost you and I money. Discussions are happening about mandating our industry to be 80 percent carbon free (renewable) by roughly 2030 and 100 percent by 2050. The exact numbers haven’t come out, but I will share with you my opinion, I don’t want this! It isn’t that I don’t believe in clean energy, I don’t believe in mandates.


Business member spotlight:     Timberwolf Inn serves up quality  

by Sally Sedgwick

In September 2016, Jared Anselmo and Ryan Rolfes had spent almost a decade in the restaurant industry, learning it from both the front of the house – guest services – and the back of the house – kitchen.

It was time to put their knowledge to work in their own restaurant, and the ideal match came in Jared’s hometown area, when they purchased the Timberwolf Inn in Marcell from Tim and Brenda Schmitz.

More than just a restaurant, the Inn includes 12 guest rooms, a bar and an open-air patio overlooking a sand volleyball court. That’s part of its charm, they say. Guests can spend a whole evening; it’s come as you are and play a game, then sit with friends. They can enjoy a family celebration or just have lunch.

“We have it all here,” said Ryan. “You can get a burger or a filet mignon… We’re a hidden gem.”


Roxanne’s Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, member services representative

Let’s talk about the Speed Queen washers, they have been around for a long time and took the Speed Queen name in 1928. Their headquarters are in Ripon, Wis. and they have over 2,000 dedicated employees and more than 3,200 independent dealers across the country.

What sets them apart from other brands you ask?

Finite Element Analysis

This is a fancy way of saying they sweat the smallest details before they even produce a physical form. Advanced digital engineering and modeling programs allow them to optimize the design of every component in order to achieve unprecedented quality levels.


Operation Round-Up Trustees to hold grant meeting  

Grant Application Deadline is Friday, March 29

Thanks to the generosity of nearly 85 percent of the Members of North Itasca Electric Co-op., the Board of Trustees for Operation Round-Up® will have approximately $12,000 to distribute to various communities and organizations in the area.

The deadline for grant applications is Friday, March 29 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 at HERE, by contacting your North Itasca Electric Co-op. Inc., Director or by contacting one of the Trust Board Members listed on the following page.


North Itasca Electric Scholarships  

North Itasca Electric scholarship applications will be available after March 15.

Applicants must be high school seniors whose parents/guardians are North Itasca Electric members. There also is a scholarship available for adults of a non-traditional college age who are returning to college for training. Applicants for that scholarship need to be North Itasca Electric customers to be eligible.

Applications may be picked up at the North Itasca Electric office in Bigfork as well as Northome, Bigfork, Blackduck, Deer River and Grand Rapids high schools. Scholarships are awarded by the Northome School scholarship committee, but applicants do not have to live in the co-op’s service territory.

Applications can also be requested by contacting Christine at clundin@northome.k12.mn.us or (218) 897-5275 x157, or they can be downloaded from the Northome School website. Go to www.northome.k12.mn.us, click on “Our Staff,” then “Office,” then “Counselor” and you’ll be taken to the school counselor page with “Scholarships” link on the left-hand side.

Awards given out vary from year to year depending on quality and number of applications, but are generally between $250 and $1,000. Deadline will be in April.

March 2019 Calendar of Events 

4 ISD 318 School Board meeting held at Bigfork School, 7 p.m. Via telepresence at Bigfork School. Public Forum 6:30 p.m.
5 Mizpah City Council meets in Mizpah Community Center, 7 p.m.ISD 318 School Board meeting held at Bigfork School, 7 p.m. Via telepresence at Bigfork School. Public Forum 6:30 p.m.
7 Deer River School music concert, grades 6-8 at 5:30 p.m., high school performance at 7 p.m.
9 Swampsiders Snowmobile Antique and Vintage Ride. Registration starts at 9 a.m. depart at 11:30 a.m. from clubhouse, 29730 Co Rd 52, Bigfork for 7 mile ride with pulled pork dinner atarting at 4 p.m. See Facebook.com/Swampsiders.
10 Daylight Savings Time begins, 2 a.m. Set clocks one hour ahead.
10 Kid’s Ice Fishing Derby at the public access on Island Lake south of Northome, 12:30 - 2 p.m. For kids 15 and under, 10 and under with adult.