Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 24 NO.5  -  May 2020

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Good afternoon from the confines of home.

I hope everyone is staying healthy out there. Let's not overlook mental health. For those of you I've had the pleasure to visit with, you can probably tell I enjoy socializing. The most rewarding part of my job is being engaged with you.

I'm getting a little twitchy following all the rules we have today. So, I started a phone campaign, I looked through and found some buddies I haven’t talked to in a long time. It's been great to reconnect, hear about their families, and feel that sense of normal rush back in. I keep reminding myself, this is a temporary virus. Normal will come back, it might just take a little longer than expected. I encourage you to reach out to those long-lost buddies, family or neighbors you haven't seen for a while.


Radiant heat vs. forced air heating systems  

by Jerry Loney

Are you considering building a new home or cabin and unsure of what kind of heatingz system to use? Every design has its own characteristics and one system may be better suited than the other.

The purpose of this article is to better inform homeowners of the basics of heat and air as it moves throughout your home. Starting with forced air heating, the pictures show the characteristics of air flow as it is distributed in your home.


Roxanne's Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, Member Services Representative

Hello, I hope this finds everyone in good health!

From the sounds of it we have been very fortunate not to have a lot of the Covid-19 in our area. I’m sure that's because everyone up here is doing such a great job at following all the guidelines put forth to stop the spread.

It is times like this that I'm so thankful to live up here in the woods, where social distancing isn't that hard, unlike in the big cities. I want to thank everyone for all their patience while this is all going on and to tell you, you've all been great when it comes to dealing through the locked door.


Board Nominations Open for Districts 4, 5 and 6  

The nominating committee will meet in the office of the cooperative, Bigfork, Minn. on May 6, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

The duty of the nominating committee is to select, propose and post a list of candidates for director for the following districts:

  • District 4 Mary Rahier (Incumbent)...3 year term
  • District 5 Lloyd Kongsjord (Incumbent)...3 year term
  • District 5 Walter Breeze (Incumbent)...3 year term

Area greenhouse openings  

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has listed guidelines for doing business for greenhouses and nurseries which include social distancing for employees and customers, masks, preventative cleaning, limiting the number of customers in a store at one time and encouraging phone orders and curbside pickup. Please observe guidelines as implemented by your greenhouse.


Bigfork Hardware is located just north of the river on Highway 38. Onsite greenhouse open during store hours, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Phone: (218) 743-3231.


April RoundUp® awards  

To Communities served by North Itasca Electric Operation Round Up:

The Operation Round Up (ORU) board recently met via electronic meeting. It was very clear, there was one objective, how can we use these dollars to best serve our community affected by COVID-19? We had to make the difficult decision to not give to some very worthy causes to best serve the communities during these trying times. We focused our efforts on those most in need: food shelves, hospitals, first responders, schools and community centers.

We look forward to hearing from more groups in the fall of 2020. Hopefully times have changed by then, and we can get back to supporting more of the groups that apply. Thank you to my fellow Operation Round Up board members for their hard work. Thank you very much to everyone that participates in Operation Round Up to make these donations possible.

Take care,
Greg Anselmo, Chair ORU Board


May 2020 Calendar of Events 

Many May events have already been cancelled or postponed. At the time of printing, the governor's executive order extends through May 4.


  • 5 Cinco de Mayo
  • 8 Mother's Day Sale at North Itasca Electric. Showroom is closed but appliances can be viewed through windows. Sale prices good from May 8-15.
  • 25 Memorial Day
Regularly scheduled meetings on continuing page, most by teleconference, contact organization to participate: