Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 22 NO. 8  -  August, 2019

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Good day North Itasca,

SCAM ALERT! Unfortunately, one of our fine members was hit by a scam recently. The scammer called this individual and claimed they were past due and needed to make a payment over the phone right now. They suggested using pre-paid gift cards to pay the past due bill.

Iím here to tell you, if it doesnít feel right, hang up and call the office. North Itasca Electric does not accept payments by phone through the office. We use a service to accept phone payments; this assures your data and information will be as safe as we can possibly manage. I am not intending to poke at a sore spot by writing about this. I am trying to encourage everyone to learn from this unfortunate experience and encourage you to be very cautious with information and payments.

Again, if it doesnít feel right, hang up and call the office right back.


Members being active  

by Jerry Loney, member services manager

I had a fun experience last week with a member asking good questions about their electric bill.

The question was: how do we calculate the average monthly temperatures which are shown on our bills? Itís not often I get to answer technical questions, and I find it fun.

I also shared with this member information on HDD (heating degree days) which gives us comparisons on how cold or warm the weather has been from hour to hour, from day to day or month to month. For those of you that are interested in seeing how average temperatures are obtained, visit www.wunderground.com. If you would like to see how HDD are obtained, see www.degreedays.net.


Itís not too early to think about your heating system  

by Jerry Loney

It seems as if summer just arrived, but July has passed, and September will soon be here, bringing us the cool breezes of fall.

It may be early to think of snowflakes falling and firing up our heating systems, but those thoughts will come soon. Is your heating system up for another winter? Itís not too early to think about this question: it takes time to have one installed. Contractors get busy and cannot get to everyone when we would like.

If you are in need of a new heating system and not sure what is best for you, North Itasca Electric Cooperative can help.

The different programs North Itasca Electric has can save you money.


Roxanneís Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, member services representative

10 Year Warranty on Speed Queen set

Are you ready for the Deal of the Decade ... or maybe even the Deal of the Century? Itís here. Speed Queen is offering a 10-year parts and labor warranty when you purchase a washer and a dryer together.

You may be asking why would they be doing this? The reason is, in a recent study from Consumer Reports Speed Queen was recognized for being number one in reliability among all major appliance brands. They are offering this deal to celebrate their accomplishment.

This incredible offer is only for a limited time and runs from July 15th through September 30th Ė so donít delay, grab yours today!



Rebates for 2019 have run out. The amount that Minnesota requires North Itasca Electric Cooperative to spend on energy efficiency has been depleted. There will be no more rebates issued in 2019.

Koochiching County Fair  

The official Koochiching County Fair is scheduled for August 9-11 at the Fairgrounds just east of Northome off Hwy 71.

There are lots of events, displays and competitions this year plus favorite returning events like the Scenic Sinkhole Scramble and the fireworks display.

Main attractions also include the parade through Northome at 1 p.m. on Saturday with the theme: Embrace change! Drawing for button prizes will begin after the parade. Timberline will provide entertainment under the tent on Saturday afternoon and at 7 p.m. the Grandstand Show will feature the Wynkoop Family Band. Music will be homemade on Sunday in the Country Music Jam when all are welcome to join in.


August 2019 Calendar of Events 

2 Opening Reception Jason Trebs Pottery show, ďFire Clay in Transition,Ē 5-7 p.m. Exhibit runs Aug. 2- Aug. 31. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
2-4 White Oak Society Rendezvous and History Festival, $5, 10 and under free. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
7 Bigfork Presbyterian Church bake sale and salad luncheon, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Free will offering.
9 Sweetgrass Chautauqua VII at Sand Lake Community Center, 6:30 p.m. Free. Four piano players at once, spoken word performances.
9,10,11 Koochiching County Fair at the Fairgrounds in Northome. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Saturday: Parade 1 p.m. and fireworks at dock.