Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 22 NO.9  -  September, 2019

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Well folks, by the time you read this it’ll be September! What just happened to summer? I mean one day I’m driving by Dora Lake and I see what looks like the pink flamingo version of Loch Ness awesome swim raft, by the way). The next thing I know we’ll be raking leaves.

I’m crossing my fingers we have a nice long fall we can all enjoy. One pleasant thing about fall, football is back! I’ve heard some scouting reports on our local Huskies, Mustangs, and Warriors. I hope all your hard work pays off! As always, I will be following our Vikings also! There’s just not a lot to say about that.


How did Johnny reduce his heating and cooling bills?  

by Jerry Loney, Member Services Manager

You have seen articles in the WATTS News about ASHPs (Air Source Heat Pumps) in the last few issues. The reason is that they are a great benefit to North Itasca Electric Cooperative and you, the members.

Johnny was using three window air conditioning units during the summer months to cool his home. With these units consuming between 1,000 to 1,500 watts per hour, his hourly electrical consumption was between 3,000 – 4,500 watts per hour. Over the course of a 24 hour period, he was looking at costs of $0.43 to $0.65 per hour. Over the course of 24 hours, average consumption was costing him roughly $6.48 per day or $194.40 per month.


RoundUp Deadline  

Thanks to the generosity of nearly 85 percent of the Members of North Itasca Electric Co-op. Inc. the Board of Trustees for Operation Round Up will once again have funds available to distribute to various communities and organizations in the area.

The deadline for grant applications is Friday, September 27, 2019 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, online at www.northitascaelectric.com, by contacting your North Itasca Electric Co-op.Inc., Director or by contacting one of the Trust Board Members listed on the next page.


Roxanne’s Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, Member Services Representative

I just want to take a moment to let everyone know that since we started selling Speed Queen appliances the need for service calls has dropped a lot.

I’m sure this is due to the great quality of the appliances themselves. When you look at the parts in the Speed Queen machines, you will notice they are not like other washers and dryers. Speed Queen doesn’t have a bunch of plastic bearings and shafts like most other brands use. Their parts are made of metal which explains why they hold up much better than their opponent’s plastic ones.


In memory of Delmer Anderson  

Delmer Anderson was known to the North Itasca Cooperative family as a board member from Northome for 29 years, from 1959 to 1988. He served as board chair for 13 years.

Anderson passed away on July 20 at the age of 95, but his life was full of many experiences.

During WWII, he joined the U.S. Maritime Service and was licensed as an engineer, sailing in two oceans and the Mediterranean.


September 2019 Calendar of Events 

AUG 31 Spring Lake Store hosts a Labor Day Weekend program, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Live music, History of the Spring Lake Store and a flea market.
SEPT 2 Labor Day, North Itasca Electric offices CLOSED.
3 First day of school, all schools
3 ISD 318 School Board meeting, Admin. Board Room, GR, 7 p.m. Public forum, 6:30 p.m. At Bigfork School by telepresence.
4 “The Club I Never Wanted to Join” breast cancer support group meets at Grand Rapids Area Library Group Study Room 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. More info: Lynn Ettl, 832-3612 or lynn_ettl@msn.com
6 Opening Reception Teri Power show, “Human/Nature: Environmental Art,” 5-7 p.m. Exhibit runs Sept. 5- Oct.5. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.