Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 20 NO. 9  -  September 2017

North Itasca Electric welcomes Brad Dolinski as CEO  

Brad Dolinski

North Itasca Electric Co-op welcomes Brad Dolinski as its new CEO.

Dolinski comes to North Itasca Electric from North Star Electric Cooperative in Baudette and Littlefork where he worked in the technical operations of the co-op in mapping and purchasing. He also headed up a new initiative to introduce the cooperative movement to the next generation of member-owners.

That community outreach is what he hopes to continue and strengthen at North Itasca Electric. With an open door policy, he said his first objective will be to become familiar with the community. He invites any member to stop by the cooperative and talk with him.


Message from Dan Hoskins  

Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to tell you that this has been a summer to remember for me. And I have a lot of good news and experiences. First and foremost, I was privileged to meet and work with 15 of the very best people in your area and here at NIEC; we like to call them our employees. I also got to work for 9 very good and professional people we call our board of directors. And I also worked with or associated with a lot of other folks in my short tenure such as Andy, Mike, Sally, Bradley, just to name a few, and I was able to talk with many terrific member/owners. I just want to Thank the board of directors of North Itasca Electric Coop for putting their faith and trust in me during this time of need, but I will tell you, your employees did it ALL!!! So, thank them when you see them.

So now as I head back into retirement, I wish Brad Dolinski, CEO, the very best and I believe Brad will do a great job for North Itasca and I wish everyone good health and happiness and remember, Cooperatives work best when they work together!!

God Bless you and our Troops, Dan

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Good Day!

I am humbled and honored to introduce myself and my family to your fine community. Letís start at the top: Cathy and I have been married for 11 years. Cathy has enjoyed a career at Lakewood Health in Baudette, Minn. She found her calling as a LPN in the clinic; she enjoys meeting and helping members of our community through the clinic and ambulance service.

Together we are the proud parents of two beautiful little girls. Carlee is 8, going on 18, and loves to dance. If there was a drama class, she would be overjoyed to be part of it. Jadyn is 5 and very excited to start school, I hope the teachers are ready for her! Sheís has a very strong will and isnít afraid to put dad in his place. Both little girls like to go fishing, Iím pretty sure itís because they get to go swimming while weíre there butÖ. Hey, Iíll take it. We look forward to going to Mine Centre in Ontario every year with family.


To our Members: A message from the board  

by Larry Salmela, Board President

Your cooperative hired an interim CEO Dan Hoskins on May 12, 2017 when there had been a failure to properly conduct the business of North Itasca Electric and it was necessary to get new senior management on board who could complete the necessary work and get the business back on track. This has been largely completed with the assistance of the excellent staff at North Itasca Electric, who really went the extra mile to take on additional workload and make sure it was done properly. Our hats are off to them all.

We are required by our lenders to meet certain financial performance thresholds, and for the last year and a half we have incurred significant losses, only partly related to the management problems our current employees have just corrected. We must have a good year in 2017 because of these losses, and we need to make up some ground yet this year. So, your board has approved the summer rate, $.1374 per kwh, which was to end August 31, to be extended to December 31. Along with that, a $3.00 per month surcharge per meter to offset the losses your Cooperative has incurred this year and get us back into good standing with our creditors. This step was not taken lightly, and not without examining every alternative available. There simply is no other way.

Now that Danís time is drawing to a conclusion, a new CEO, Brad Dolinski, has been selected by your Board of Directors and is now taking the reins. Dan will be in the office for a few days to help him settle in, and then Dan will return to the retirement he was enjoying before he answered our call. It is with pleasure and gratitude that we wish Dan all the best.

disc basket

New recreational opportunities in Bigfork  

by Sally Sedgwick

What if there was a sport that had thousands of places to play around the country and used tees, holes, par, drivers and puttersÖbut it wasnít golf?

There is, and thereís now a course in Bigfork.

Itís called disc golf, and a course of nine par 3 holes is tucked away in McGarry Park on the west side of the city.


RoundUp® fall grant applications  

Thanks to the generosity of nearly 85 percent of the Members of North Itasca Electric Co-op., the Board of Trustees for Operation RoundUp will have approximately $10,000 to distribute to various communities and organizations in the area.

The deadline for grant applications is Friday, September 29 at 4:30 p.m. Application forms along with instructions can be obtained by calling the office at (218) 743-3131 or 1(800) 762-4048, by e-mail to jerryl@nieci.com or online at www.NorthItascaElectric.com. Applicants can also contact their director or one of the Trust Board Members listed on the continuing page.


September 2017 Calendar of Events 

1 Monroe Crossing at the Edge Center, Bigfork, 7 p.m. Bluegrass music.
4 Labor Day. North Itasca Electric offices CLOSED. Winter hours begin Tuesday, Sept 5, office is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
5 First day of the 2017-2018 school year, all schools.
5 Mizpah City Council meets in Mizpah Community Center, 7 p.m.
5 ISD 318 School Board, Bigfork School by telepresence, 7 p.m. Public forum, 6:30 p.m.