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Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 21 NO. 2  -  February 2018

Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance Programs

Northome/Squaw Lake RoundUp® Grants 

The North Itasca Community Trust was able to provide grant money to a number of projects in the Northome/Squaw Lake area. Some of the grant recipients are represented on the continuing page.

The Squaw Lake Community Halloween Party is a special event, spearheaded by Joni LeCuyer for the past 13 years. Serving up to 60 kids plus many adults, the party provides a picnic meal to attendees plus a bag of candy for each child.

North Woods Craft Store found that it needed to replace some of its overhead lighting, some fixtures themselves had failed. Those repairs have been completed, said Diane Wiley, and the store will be ready to open in 2018. Wiley also pointed out that the Northome area food shelf had benefitted from a RoundUp grant toward providing milk and bread vouchers to the local grocery store in the apring 2017 grant cycle.


CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Good evening!

It’s another whirlwind month here at our Cooperative! I don’t believe the months are as long as they used to be! I started the month with the fine folks from Northome at the Northern Progressive Meeting. I’m very impressed with the hard work these people put into their community. There are a lot of irons in the fire up there, and they’re always looking for ways to better the community.

One of the hot topics at those meetings is the industrial park, we are looking for someone to take advantage of a great opportunity there. For those of you unfamiliar with the area, Northome has a wonderful space just ripe for a new or expanding business. I’m sure you could contact the city office if you would like more information on what they have to offer (218) 897-5762.


It's Heating Season!  

by Jerry Loney

It’s that time of year again when calls come in asking about members’ electric bills. My phone rings and I answer with “Jerry speaking” to hear at the other end, “Why is my bill so high?” I cannot help but chuckle quietly to myself when needing to ask; who is it I’m speaking with? As they tell me their name, I also ask for either their meter or account number to help look up billing information and daily energy usage. Depending on my present work load, I may ask for the member’s phone number, getting back to them when I can better analyze their billing.

When looking over a member’s bill and talking with them, normally a conclusion can be found. I recently received a call last week about a bill that the member thought it was double that which it should be. The first thing I asked was; do you use electricity to heat with? The member said no. We burn propane for heating. In further questioning the member on things in the home that could use that amount of electricity, I rephrased my question asking, “Have you used any space heaters in your home?” Answer: I only have one small space heater and a couple small base board heaters.


February 2018 Calendar of Events 

Adult pickup hockey at the Bigfork skating rink, 6 p.m. Thursdays. More info, call Mike at (218) 743-4340.
3 Winter Frolic at Marcell Family Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Indoor and outdoor activities including crafts, games, good, cross country ski with kids Nordic ROCKS. No registration required, free. More info (218) 832-3444.
6 Mizpah City Council meets in Mizpah Community Center, 7 p.m.
Family Nordic skiing with EOWSKI at Scenic State Park; 1-3 p.m. on Sundays in January and February. More info: 743-7025.
8 Committee on Aging/Triad. Deer River Seniors hosting in their new space at King Elementary School, 9 -11:30 a.m. Lunch for a fee available at 11:30 a.m. Triad follows lunch.
8 Evergreen Friendship Club meets at a local restaurant, noon.
8 Classic movie at the Edge Center in Bigfork: All About Eve (1950), starring Bette Davis. 6:30 p.m. Free.