Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 21 NO. 3  -  March 2018

Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance Programs

Operation Round-Up® grant applications due March 30 

The North Itasca Electric Community Trust is funded by voluntary contributions from members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative members.

Grants availability will be promoted to area communities and organizations serving members within North Itasca Electric Cooperative’s service territory. Contribution recipients and amounts distributed will be determined by this Community Trust Board which represents the nine districts of North Itasca Electric.

All applications for grant funds are due on Friday, March 30 at North Itasca Electric’s office. On April 17, the Trust Board will be reviewing all applications received and distribute funds as a group. Chances to receive funds occur bi-yearly – April and October.

Bi-yearly application deadlines are the last Friday of March and September and must be postmarked by the last Friday in March and September, or turned into North Itasca Electric’s headquarters at 301 Main Ave. in Bigfork by the close of business (4:30 p.m.) on the due dates.


CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope this warm and sunny day brings you and your loved ones the excitement that spring might just be around the corner. This has been an especially cold and long winter it seems. I had a little episode with my Steffes heater at my home, operator error thankfully. It seems that the door accidently bumped one of the breakers and wouldn’t allow the unit to heat completely while being cycled. This just proved the importance to check over your heater occasionally, change filters, make sure things aren’t leaking or loosing pressure, it’s a good habit to do in the fall… This year I found I was a little busy, this came back to bite me.

I had a discussion with a friend of mine this month, he was talking about his high bill. We started off with, “how much was it?” Well that led us down the path of what do you have on at your place. This buddy is a single guy, should be a reasonable bill. Through conversation he was talking about his small heater he uses in the master bath to take the chill off. I asked him how he used it, it came up that he’s forgot it on for a couple of days once, maybe twice. That little heater can run up to five dollars a day, leave that baby on for a few extra days and you’ll notice it on the bill. Turns out he was just giving me a hard time, but he was shocked to hear how a little whoops can change your bill.


North Itasca Electric Scholarships available  

North Itasca Electric scholarship applications will be available after March 12.

Applicants must be high school seniors whose parents/guardians are North Itasca Electric members. There also is a scholarship available for adults of a non-traditional college age who are returning to college for training. Applicants for that scholarship need to be North Itasca Electric customers to be eligible.

Applications may be picked up at the North Itasca Electric office in Bigfork as well as Northome, Bigfork, Blackduck, Deer River, and Grand Rapids high schools. Scholarships are awarded by the Northome School scholarship committee, but applicants do not have to live in the co-op’s service territory.

Applications can also be requested by contacting Christine at clundin@northome.k12.mn.us or (218) 897-5275 x157, or they can be downloaded from the Northome School website. Go to www.northome.k12.mn.us, click on "Our Staff," then "Office," then "Counselor" and you'll be taken to the school counselor page with "Scholarships" link on the left-hand side.

Awards given out vary from year to year depending on quality and number of applications, but are generally between $250 and $1,000. Deadline will be in April.

New Border-to-Border Touring Route  

by Sally Sedgwick

There could be a new destination for ATV travel in Minnesota.

It’s called the Border to Border (B2B) route, and it’s planned as a rugged adventure for highway-licensed four wheel drive vehicles. Planning for the route is happening now.v

The draft route is planned to go from the eastern border of Minnesota, high in the Arrowhead, across the northern third of the state, dipping south to travel through Cook, Lake, St. Louis, Itasca, Beltrami, Clearwater, Polk, Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall and Kittson counties. The western endpoint would be near St. Vincent, just a few miles south of the Canadian border.


Roxanne’s Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, Member Service Representative

We are having a Samsung Blowout Sale through March. There will be special blowout prices on all Samsung appliances, these prices will be a lot less than our regular sale prices.

Because of the below normal sale pricing we will not be offering discounts for picking the appliance up, and there will be a $50 delivery charge if you need them delivered. These are Huge Discounts so stop in and check out the deals!

This sale is on inventory that we have on hand, so hurry in for the best selection.

I would also like to let you know we have also reduced our interest rate on our merchant loans. The old rate was 8 percent and has been changed as of February 1st to 3.5 percent on a one-year loan and 4 percent on anything over a year. We hope this will help make it easier for people to shop local and finance their appliances through their local Co-op.

March 2018 Calendar of Events 

2 Open House for new doctors at Scenic Rivers Health Services, 12-2 p.m.
5 ISD 318 Facilities Listening Session with school board, Bigfork School, 5:30 p.m.
5 ISD 318 School Board meeting, Bigfork School, 7 p.m. Public forum, 6:30 p.m.
6 Mizpah City Council meets in Mizpah Community Center, 7 p.m.