November 2017 Issue
· Open House for new 69kV line
· CEO Report
· Load control equipment checks
· Roxanne’s Sales Talk
· Hunters' Suppers
· Elm Project Update
· Round Up® Grants
· November Calendar
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Open House for new 69kV line
by Sally Sedgwick
About five years ago, North Itasca Electric began to look at ways to increase the quality of
power coming into the Scenic area southeast of Bigfork. The electricity into that area currently
comes directly from the Bigfork substation, an extended distance that is subject to line loss,
reliability and voltage issues.
After looking at several options to improve that part of the cooperative’s system, the best and
most cost-effective solution was to build a new substation near the intersection of county roads
340 and 341. The new Scenic substation would be fed by a transmission line at 69 kV from the
Bigfork substation. Power would then be distributed to the south, southeast and northwest
through lower voltage distribution line.
by Brad Dolinski, CEO
It’s been a busy month at North Itasca Electric Cooperative Inc.
As I’m writing this article we are diligently working on the 2018 budget to present to our board of directors. Thank you to
Jonny, Teri, and Mike from CFC for coming to work with us at NIECI. They have a valuable tool called Budget Pro; this is an
intense process that is a deep dive into both historic and future budget numbers. I am very confident that we will have an
accurate and complete budget for the board meeting on the 26th of October.
I was planning on bringing my boat down this week to enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having. I decided I better not
have the distraction of going fishing until the budget is complete. We’re bound to have some nice weather in the weeks ahead.
Load control equipment checks
by Jerry Loney
Load control checks have started for the coming winter season. Those who are on a Load Control
program know the importance of properly operating Load Control equipment. This equipment consists
of a Golay receiver which receives radio signals from a tower in Marcell which transmits a signal opening
or closing a relay allowing or not allowing electric heating equipment to run.
This signal originates from Great River Energy’s office located in Elk River. Great River Energy monitors
the distribution grid and determines if or when a control period is needed and sends out a signal accordingly.
When a system peak (highest demand period) becomes apparent or the cost of energy is above a budgeted
amount to reduce the need for producing and/or purchasing high cost energy, a control sign will be sent out
to these Golay receivers instructing them to either control heat loads or to let them run. We call this load shedding.
Roxanne’s Sales Talk
by Roxanne Prather, Member Services Representative
Cookie & Candy Contest
Christmas is right around the corner and this year we thought it would be fun to change it up and have a cookie &
candy contest. We are asking that everyone who wants to compete send in your favorite recipe and some of the North Itasca
Electric employees will vote on them and choose a winner. We will choose one winner for Cookie of 2017 and one winner for
the Candy of 2017. The winners will receive a $25 credit on their electric bill. All recipes that come in will be copied
into a Christmas Cookbook, that you can pick up at the Co-op. Open House on Dec. 8th. We thought that it would be fun to
share new recipes for the Christmas Holiday. Hopefully we get lots of recipes!
It’s that time of year when people are getting ready to leave for the winter so we should talk about winterizing cabins and houses.
Friday, November 3
Jesse Lake Lutheran Church
Location: County Rd. 4, 2 miles west of Talmoon
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Cost: Adults, $14; children 6-12, $6: take out available
Menu: Lutefisk, Swedish meatballs and lefse
Also: Split the Pot raffle, need not be present to win
Location: Effie Community Center
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Cost: Suggested donation $8
Menu: Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce, dinner roll, dessert
Elm Project Update
by Sally Sedgwick
As the emerald ash borer draws closer – areas surrounding the Twin Cities, Duluth and one county along Minnesota’s
southern border are under quarantine for infestations – the research project on the Chippewa National Forest becomes more important.
What does elm have to do with ash?
Elm shares a similar habitat requirement as ash, explained Charlie Flower, a research ecologist from the USDA Research Station in Delaware, Ohio which initiated the project on the Forest. Like ash, elm is tolerant of seasonally flooded land. In the spring, the water table can come up to a foot below the surface in black ash wetlands.
November 2017 Calendar of Events
Storytelling at Marcell Town Hall building, 2:30 p.m. Story topic: “More reminiscing.”Coffee and treats served, all ages welcome. Note time change.
No school, Blackduck School
Opening reception for November Edge Gallery Show: "Looking in Different Directions," 5-7 p.m. The November show runs from Nov. 2 to Dec.2. The Edge Gallery is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission is free.
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Fall play at Blackduck High School, "Fairytale Courtroom." Fri: Dinner theater, 6 p.m.; Sat: 7 p.m.; Sun: 2 p.m. More information: 835-5210.
Hunters’ Suppers. see article for area locations
Daylight Savings Time ends, move clocks one hour back.
No school, Deer River, Bigfork, Northome