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Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 21 NO. 5  -  May 2018

Area Events in May 

Bowstring, Dora Lake, Alvwood, Squaw Lake

Treasures Are Fine on 6, 4 and 29, a 60-mile long garage sale route on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5 including Bowstring, Talmoon, Spring Lake, Wirt, Dora Lake, Alvwood, Squaw Lake and Sand Lake. MAPS will be available to registered sales at stores and halls along the route or on Along with garage sales, some locations will have music and/or food. Easy access from Deer River, Marcell, Bigfork, Blackduck.


Fishing Opener Friday - Treats to Go in Bowstring. Cookies, Bars, Rolls, huge frosted Sweet Rolls, sweet breads and more to benefit the Chapel will be sold at the Bowstring Store starting at noon on Friday May 11th. Please stop in and find your treat.


CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Beam me up! Electricity is part of our everyday lives, we depend on it. I’ve joked with my wife when the power has gone out, watch how many times you try to turn the lights on and wonder why they don’t work. Shortly after making this smart remark, I walked into the next room and naturally just hit the switch, whoops! Sorry dear! Electricity and the conveniences are just second nature and expected by all of us.

Now let’s talk about the bittersweet “other” service we are becoming more and more dependent on… The internet…

Connection to the internet is becoming or has become vital in our lives. We can shop, watch movies, listen to music, stay connected with friends, work from home, bank, pay bills, and the list seems endless. Our legislators have recognized this to the point they have established goals and funding to provide broadband access with a minimum download speed of 25 megabits/second by 2022. There are several ways to accomplish these goals. I want to reintroduce you to the option your cooperative has access to.


Area Greenhouse Openings  


Bigfork Hardware is located just north of the river on Highway 38. Onsite greenhouse with baskets, planters and patio vegetables. Phone: (218) 743-3231. Open during store hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon - Fri; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.

Country Gardens Greenhouse is located in the parking lot of Kocian’s featuring flowers, heirloom vegetables and hanging baskets. Opening mid-May, hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon – Sat. Phone: (218) 743-3343


RoundUp® Awards  

The North Itasca Community Trust Board met in April to award grants to community organizations through the Operation RoundUp program where members “round up” their monthly bills to the next dollar in order to benefit their communities. Fifty-nine initiatives received grants totalling $10,900 out of over $33,000 requested. The total value of the projects was over $228,000!

Grants are awarded twice a year. The next grant meeting of the trust board will be in October. The full list is on the following page.


Summer 2018 Load Management Plan  

The following is a summary of Great River Energy’s summer load management plan. The first day under this control strategy will be Tuesday, May 1, 2018, and the last day will be Sunday, September 30, 2018. Please note that the control times are not absolute as there will be a window of time around both the shed and restore times to allow for smoothing the impact of load control. GRE may alter these plans in response to drastic temperature variances, unexpected plant outages and/or MISO (regional electric grid operator) emergencies.


May 2018 Calendar of Events 

1 North Woods Craft Store in Northome opens, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Sat.
1-26 Student Art Exhibit at the Edge Gallery, Bigfork. The Edge Gallery is open Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
3 Storytelling at Marcell Town Hall, 6:30 p.m. Subject “What did you do this winter?” Coffee and treats will be served.
4-5 Treasures Are Fine: 60 miles of garage sales along Hwys 6, 4, 29 and 46 in northwestern Itasca County.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Pick up maps at stores and halls on route.
5 Marcell Family Center Spring Fling, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fun for all ages! ~ Crafts, tree and seed planting, bounce tent, food and beverages and more!
5 Rodeo Benefit for Fred Pitzen at rodeo grounds north of Effie hosted by Northwoods Saddle Club. Rodeo at 1 p.m. open to the public, adults $10, children, $5, 5 and under free.
5 Cycstic Fibrosis Walk sponsored by Northome School national and state honor societies.
7 Last day to submit entries for the 2018 juried show “Art on the Edge” at the Edge Gallery, Bigfork. Enter at
7 ISD 318 School Board meeting, Bigfork School by telepresence, 7 p.m. Public forum, 6:30 p.m.