Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 24 NO.10  -  October 2020
Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance Programs

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Greetings North Itasca Electric Cooperative Member-Owners!
This is one of my favorite seasons to be around our beautiful area! I was basking in all the glory last night on my way home. I had taken a little trip down Scenic 7 and headed west on Co. Rd. 45, that was breathtaking. The sun was shining against the vibrant fall colors, the trees were standing where they should be (not laying on our lines); it was a beautiful experience.

I understand Itasca County plans to pave 45 next year, this will connect our communities between Marcell to the Scenic with a great corridor. I will warn you though, watch out for deer! When the road was improved, they planted clover in the ditch; looks like the deer are loving life.


Gunderson's energy efficient home construction  

by Jerry Loney

Located in Spring Lake, Minn., Richard and Paula Gunderson built a unique one level, slab on grade, 1980 square foot energy efficient home with the help of Willcon Inc.

Willcon Inc. is owned and operated by Randy Williams who is a building consultant for many home builders surrounding Grand Rapids. Randy is not only a consultant for energy efficient homes, but also an energy auditor able to identify areas of heat loss in existing structures to improve their heating and cooling efficiencies. North Itasca Electric Cooperative has used Randy for projects in the past to identify where homes in our service territory could be made more energy efficient.


Roxanne's Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, member services representative

Speed Queen washers:

These machines are built tough!

Speed Queen puts these machines through unbeliev able tests because they want to be sure they will stand up to what you will put them through! They are so confident that they boast about a 25-year life expectancy.

After looking at how they are made I believe it! These machines are built with metal inside and out. The gears are metal, not cheap plastic like a lot of other brands. I have most of the Speed Queen models in stock so stop in and see for yourself.


Business Member Spotlight:
 Creek Bank Graphics

by Sally Sedgwick

Jeff Holsman has deep roots in Bigfork. In fact, his grandfather opened the first mercantile store in Bigfork as it was settled in the early 1900s. His family continued to thrive in the area, and today Holsman lives in the city with his wife Sheila.

For 15 years, he developed his skills in graphics, including national magazine ad layouts, with a Grand Rapids company. When that company closed a few years ago, he brought his talents back home and started Creek B ank Printing and Graphics.

Why Creek Bank? It was something different, he said. And appropriate. The name came to him as he looked at the creek that ran across his backyard.


October 2020 Calendar of Events 

Regularly scheduled meetings, some have resumed in-person meetings. Contact organization for the latest information:

5 Brainstorming session for Effie residents and those interested in the city; 6 p.m. at the Effie Community Center.
5 ISD318 School Board workshop by teleconference, 7 p.m. Public Forum 6:30 p.m. Contact to submit Open Forum question at least one day in advance of the meeting. Email: jrasmussen@isd318.org or call (218)327-5704.
6 Bigfork Valley Hospital Board meeting, 9 a.m. Open to the public via videoconferencing/call-in: call 743-1772 for information.
8 Bigfork City Council meets at City Hall, 5:30 p.m.