October 2020 Issue
· CEO Report
· Gunderson’s energy efficient home construction
· Roxanne's Sales Talk
· Business Member Spotlight
· October Calendar
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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:
by Sally Sedgwick
Creek Bank Graphics
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:
Brainstorming session for Effie residents and those interested in the city; 6 p.m. at the Effie Community Center.
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: email@example.com or call (218)327-5704.
Bigfork Valley Hospital Board meeting, 9 a.m. Open to the public via videoconferencing/call-in: call 743-1772 for information.
Bigfork City Council meets at City Hall, 5:30 p.m.