Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 15 NO. 3  -  March 2012

Empty Bowls in Bigfork  

Filling empty food bowls and fighting hunger – that’s what is behind the international movement called Empty Bowls. For the last eight years the local volunteer event has been able to make a significant contribution to the Northern Itasca Food Shelf helping families on the Edge of the wilderness.

This year’s Empty Bowls luncheon and supper will be on March 22 at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church. Lunch will be between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and supper between 4-6 p.m.


Operation Round-Up® trustees to hold grant meeting  

Thanks to the generosity of over 80 percent of the Members of North Itasca Electric Co-op., the Board of Trustees for Operation Round-Up will have approximately $11,000 to distribute to various communities and organizations in the area. The deadline for grant applications is Thursday, March 29. Application forms along with instructions can be obtained by downloading the form HERE, by calling the office at 218-743-3131 or 1-800-762-4048, by e-mailing roundup@nieci.com, or by contacting one of the Trust Board Members listed on the continuing page.


Roxanne’s Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, Sales Assistant

Ever wonder why some people’s clothes seem to come out cleaner than yours do? Here are some tips to help you get the best results from your washing experience.

Five steps to getting your clothes cleaner

  1. Pretreat heavy stains. You can try straight detergent or a stain remover like Shout, Oxiclean, etc. on the stain, or you can soak the item in a solution of hot soapy water overnight, then ring it out and wash as you normally would. Be careful not to use water that's too hot; it can make colors run!


Each year, North Itasca Electric donates its unclaimed capital credits to the scholarship committee at Northome School to be used for co-op members and their families. Applications will be available to high school seniors mid-March and will be due about April 20. They will be sent out to area high schools, North Itasca Electric's office, and on www.northome.k12.mn.us. Copies can also be requested from Christine Lundin at clundin@northome.k12.mn.us. New this year will be a scholarship for returning adult/non-traditional students who will be going back to school. It will have the same timeline and guidelines as the high school scholarship.

March 17 in Squaw Lake 


Winter is here! And there is still an opportunity to get in some time on the lake. The Perchjerkers fishing contest on Round Lake will be Saturday, March 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. prizes, winners for door prizes contributed by area businesses are drawn during the day.


March 2012 Calendar of Events 

1 Storytelling at Marcell Town Hall building, 6:30 p.m. All ages welcome. Coffee and treats. Subject: "What was the most interesting course you have ever taken and what was the most boring?"
1 Candlelight Ski at King School, Deer River, 6 p.m. sponsored by Chippewa National Forest. Cocoa, storyteller, bonfire, skiing, snowshoeing. Ski and boots donations (3 hole bindings) welcome.
3 Marcell Family Center Winter Rummage Sale, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Concessions. Table rental $15, call 832-3444.
2, 4 Nautilus Music-Theatre of St. Paul presents I Am Anne Frank at Edge Center, Bigfork. March 2 at 7 p.m., March 4 at 2 p.m
4 North Country Gardeners meet at Marcell Family Center, 7 p.m. A planning session, so bring your ideas for programs for the year. Everyone welcome.
8 Northome Parent/Teacher conferences on this date rescheduled to March 15.
8 Park Theater Memorial Classic Movie Series shows White Heat (1949) starring James Cagney, 6:30 p.m. at Edge Center, Bigfork. Free and open to the public
9 No school, Northome School