Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 24 NO.12  -  December 2020
Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance Programs

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Good morning North Itasca,

This last month has been one for the books. I'm looking forward to the last weekend of deer season coming up as I write this.

This was a different season for me, I ended up coming down with COVID-19 about twelve days prior to deer opener. Thankfully, my family and I were able to get through the event without much for symptoms. The hardest part of the ordeal was quarantining. I did not get to hunt opener, but my buddy Brock headed up to camp with me mid-week to enjoy the great outdoors. We did not get a deer but had a wonderful time visiting friends and family, the way deer season tends to be.


What is happening within the Member Services Department?  

by Jerry Loney

During this time of office closure, communications with members seem to have slown down, but we are here looking after you and ready to help members with their needs. We did have to put in place office restrictions and stop in-home visits for the protection of you the member and North Itasca Electric employees, but we are still here to help.

The COVID-19 virus may have stopped many things, but not the need for energy. With people now working from home and more people residing at their cabins, consumption has gone up 6-10 percent this past summer, and with the heating season upon us, will continue.


Bigfork community sponsors toys for an unusual Christmas  

For many years Bigfork families who needed a little extra to make Christmas gifts happen for their children were helped by the Second Harvest Food Bank toy drive. A free toy store was set up in the Edge Center for parents, thanks to the toys obtained through the drive.

This year is different.

Second Harvest does not have the manpower this year to conduct the drive for toys. It would be up to the community to donate for purchasing toys. And the community has responded generously.


Santa's elves busy in Northome  

by Sally Sedgwick

Because of COVID mandates, Santa will not be able to stop in at True Value and visit this year. Instead, Northland Progressive and community organizations will sponsor a "Holiday Parade" to inject some Christmas spirit into the community, with Christmas-themed decorated ATVs escorting Santa and sleigh around and through town on Saturday December 12 at 2 p.m.

COVID protocol will be followed. Spectators will be asked to park along the parade route and remain in or at their vehicle. Santa's elves will assist Santa in handing out treats and will wear masks and gloves.

Watch North Itasca Electric's Facebook page for any updates.

December 2020 Calendar of Events 

Contact organization for the latest information on whether meetings are virtual or in-person:

1 Bigfork Valley Hospital Board meeting, 9 a.m. Open to the public via videoconferencing/call-in: call 743-1772 for information.
7 ISD318 School Board meeting by teleconference, 7 p.m. Worlds Best Workforce public meeting, 6 p.m. Truth in Taxation meeting, 6:30 p.m.
9 ISD 363 South Koochiching-Rainy River School Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
10 Bigfork City Council meets at City Hall, 5:30 p.m.