Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 21 NO. 4  -  April 2018

Meet Cole Serfling, new apprentice lineman 

When Cole Serfling chose a career path, he knew he wanted to be able to work outside.

A year after graduating from Deer River High School, he enrolled at M State’s Electrical Line Worker Technology program in Wadena. His second year was spent in Baudette at the college’s 30 acre lineworker training facility, earning an Electrical Line Worker Technology Associate of Applied Science degree.

Then he went west, working for a contractor building 3 phase power lines into the oil fields near Williston, North Dakota.


CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Spring has arrived!

It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a winter quite like that. We actually had a fair amount of snow to ride on, move, and for the kids (myself included)… play in. I must admit it, I’m ready for the warmer days of spring to take over. It’s time to head outdoors without 40 layers of clothes on. I want to entertain outdoors grilling on the deck or hang around the campfire.

Speaking of grilling and campfires, you should come check out the changes Roxanne has made on the sales floor. She has brought in some new ideas to share with all of us. We are going to offer up some unique products in the coming days. We pulled in a couple of grills that are quite impressive, new line of super coolers and possibly some other goodies from Pelican Products, and a new line of washer/dryers. We’re changing things up on the floor and you need to stop in and look. If you’re in the market for a grill that will last longer than the steak you’re cooking, check these beauties out.


Net Metering or Wellspring?  

by Jerry Loney

An increased interest has arisen among North Itasca Electric Cooperative membership in Net Metering. Net Metering can be connected to many different generation sources, but for the sake of this article limited to wind and solar.

Excess energy produced by these renewable sources by the Member-Owner is delivered to the distribution line to be used by other members. Utilities (like North Itasca Electric), are required to purchase excess energy to be used by other members on the distribution line. The energy going to the distribution line is purchased by the utility at the ARCER (Average Retail Cooperative Energy Rate).


Board nominations open Districts 1, 2 and 3  

The bylaws of the cooperative state that it shall be the duty of the Board of Directors to appoint a nominating committee prior to the annual meeting.

The committee shall propose and post at the principal office of the cooperative at least thirty (30) days before the annual meeting, a list of nominations for director, which said list shall consist of one or more candidates from each election district in which the term of the incumbent director shall expire at the next annual meeting of the members.


Roxanne’s Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, Member Service Representative

I hope you all are enjoying the longer days and sunshine; it’s a sure sign that spring is officially here. This month I’d like to tell you about some new products that North Itasca will be selling just in time for spring.

We are selling Phoenix and MHP propane grills, Pelican Coolers, Pelican traveler tumblers in 22 oz. or 32 oz. and finally we have Speed Queen laundry.

New Phoenix grills

These grills are so cool, they are made of heavy cast aluminum, so they really hold the heat and don’t rust out. They have a limited lifetime warranty (against rust-through) on the top and bottom casting, 5 years (against rust-through) on stainless steel burner, porcelain briquettes, control panel, column base and stainless steel shelves. One year on all other parts not stated above.

Most grills don’t work very good in the winter because of heat loss - but not these grills, you can use them all year long! The Phoenix grill grills, roasts, steams and smokes. MHP has a thick wall cast aluminum grill body and porcelain coated cast iron cooking grids with nickel plated, drop in warming rack. You will have to stop in and see all the cool features. We also have covers available. This year we will have to have a Father’s Day Sale in June, watch for the date.


April 2018 Calendar of Events 

1 Easter
2 No school, all schools
Mizpah City Council meets in Mizpah Community Center, 7 p.m.
5 Storytelling at Marcell Town Hall, 6:30 p.m. Subject “What did you do this winter?” Coffee and treats will be served.
7 Annual Northome Daddy/Daughter Dance, 5-7 p.m. at Northome School Commons