Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 20 NO. 8  -  August 2017

‘Local Democracy’: New legislation grants local authority to electric cooperatives  

During the 2017 Legislative Session, the Minnesota Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, a provision that reduces duplicative regulation on your electric cooperative. This piece of legislation, “Local Democracy,” returns some balance to the regulatory process, ensuring decisions that impact member-owners of rural electric cooperatives are made locally by your elected board of directors. Because electric cooperatives are already locally regulated in most areas, this legislation made an important clarification, one that will allow for innovation in response to members’ needs and wants for years to come.

Local Democracy clarifies that the boards of directors of electric cooperatives in the State of Minnesota are responsible for regulating their electric cooperative under Minnesota Statute 216B.164, as they do elsewhere under Minnesota Law. Local Democracy applies only to electric cooperatives, and only to Minnesota Statute; 216B.164. LOCAL DEMOCRACY DOES NOT EXCLUDE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES FROM ANY LEGAL OBLIGATIONS UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTE 216B.164. The provisions that the legislature recently passed, and the Governor signed, allow for electric cooperatives to adopt the authority to implement this section of Minnesota Statute 216B.164.


CEO Report  

by Dan Hoskins, Interim CEO

Ladies and Gentlemen, last month I talked to you about the effects Mother Nature has on our infrastructure when she gets visibly upset and how that affects our linemen and your power. Well this month I am writing about a couple of things that involve some of the hardest working folks at North Itasca Electric, and that is the office personnel.

No, I am not saying that the operations folks don’t work hard, trust me, been there done that!! They work hard, but the office folks don’t get the credit they deserve, and I mentioned that at the annual meeting, sitting in front of a computer, day in and day out, staring at that screen just hoping that the numbers they are working with are right and/or balance. This is not something just anybody can do!!


Goose Lake Farm Stand opens  

by Sally Sedgwick

It’s been a journey.

Moving to the northland about 30 years ago, Peggy Boggs and her husband Steve began farming along with their over the road trucking business. It was a true small farm: raising pigs, cattle, sheep, chickens, turkeys and more, along with raising four children.

It was a lifestyle as well: growing food which came to their table as meat, eggs, vegetables, and canned and baked goods.


Roxanne’s Sales Talk  

by Jerry Loney


Koochiching County Fair August 11-13  

County Fair season has arrived! The Koochiching County Fair in Northome will offer many of the annual favorites from the Scenic Sinkhole Scramble to garden and creative contests. Some highlights are below:

On Friday, Aug. 11 the Variety Show in the grandstand is open to entries. Call Amy at (218) 897-5595. Plan ahead for the Veggie Creature Contest. The creature creation class is held Friday evening and is for ages 12 and under. Creatures are judged on construction, originality, creativity…and names.


August 2017 Calendar of Events 

2 Awards reception and Community Picnic at Bigfork Valley 4-6 p.m. Help us celebrate the honors received this year. In the Commons or outside of the Wanigan, depending on weather. Short program at 4:15 p.m.
3 Storytelling at Marcell Town Hall building, 6:30 p.m. Subject: “Reminisce, etc.” Coffee and treats served, everyone welcome.
4 ISD 318 Special School Board Meeting,, 4 p.m, ISD 318 Administration Building
4-6 White Oak Rendezvous and History Festival, White Oak Fur Post just north of Deer River on Hwy 6. Living history, food, shopping, period contests. 1978 Northwest Company Fur Post and 15th century mercenary encampment. Camping. More info: 246-9393, whiteoakhistoricalsociety.org
5 Blackduck Car Show at Wayside Rest Park..
5-6 Dance at Wildwood-Plum Creek Community Hall, 8 p.m. on Saturday, community picnic at noon on Sunday.