May 2018 Issue
· Major construction projects on Hwys 38, 46
· Welcome to the 2018 Annual Meeting
· The life of a Member Services Manager
· Father’s Day Open House
· If Your Power Goes Off
· North Itasca Electric Scholarships
· June Calendar
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Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 21 NO. 6 - June 2018
Major construction projects on Hwys 38, 46
by Sally Sedgwick
Two area construction projects will require detours this summer for traffic between this area
and Highway 2. A regrade and resurface of Highway 38 will close the road to through traffic until
the fall; resurfacing, culvert replacement and turn lane construction on Highway 46 will continue
Road construction on Highway 38 from Marcell south to Pughole Lake has begun. The road
will be closed to traffic except for emergency and local access for the rest of the summer, with
project completion planned for this fall. The official detour follows (south to north) County Road
19, Highway 6 and County Road 286.
Welcome to the 2018 Annual Meeting
by Brad Dolinski, CEO
Good afternoon from the offices of your North Itasca Electric Cooperative!
If time flies when you’re having fun, we must be having a blast! I want to say thank you to all the mothers out there! We are
just wrapping up the Mother’s Day open house, I had a great time visiting with everyone that stopped in for a cup of coffee, doughnut,
and to chat. Now we are gearing up for our new Father’s Day open house, this one is going to be a little different. We’re looking
more to firing up the grill and rather than giving dad a flower we’re going to pin something different on him. You’ll have to stop
in and check it out! We might even have a deal on a grill, cooler, or generator if you’re in the market.
Jerry has been busy planning the annual meeting. I’m excited to have a chance to talk your ear off! I think my slide show is down
to 99 slides of numbers and reports. OK, just kidding, I don’t have a slide show and I’m a fairly fast speaker. We’re highlighting
our Operation Round Up program this year. You may hear this phrase again, “do you know anyone on the Northome, Squaw Lake, or BF Fire
Departments, or any kids in school?” Well, you probably have helped a neighbor through Operation Round up if you do. The Round Up
board recently met and decided how to divide out our spare change from the last 6 months and 59 groups received a total of $10,900,
that’s a lot of change! GRE, our G&T, sent us a cheque today to add to our Operation Round Up fund of $1000, thank you GRE. Operation
Round Up just makes me smile, this is a true example of our commitment to community, we are working together to help neighbors out.
The life of a Member Services Manager
by Jerry Loney
Along with title changes comes a whole different job perspective. Just before our 2017 annual meeting last year
my title changed from Load Management Specialist to Member Services Manager. My existing duties have not changed
(being responsible for off-peak load control), but I inherited a few additional duties as well.
The variety of work makes the days go by so quickly I cannot believe it's time to go home when 4:30 comes around.
One never knows from one day to the next what new experience will take place each day. I may make plans to accomplish
things for one day, but before long, the phone will ring or a member stops by for assistance and my plans all change.
As I start a project, the phone rings and a contractor requests me to meet him at a job site to set a meter and program
a radio receiver. Sometimes someone may stop in to discuss what is the best heating system to install in their new home
or cabin and order the equipment needed.
Father’s Day Open House
New in 2018!
North Itasca Electric Cooperative has had the tradition of hosting a Mother’s Day Open House every year. Why not Fathers as well?
North Itasca Electric will be hosting an open house on Friday, June 15 for you fathers who have also contributed to making your
families the best they can be.
Come and join us for some refreshments and conversations. Look over all the new Pelican products, gas grills and generators we’ve
added on the showroom floor.
If Your Power Goes Off
by Daryl Pederson, Line Superintendent
Electricity is an important part of our lives. We strive to maintain power and minimize the
length of time anyone has to be without power. By being prepared and informed, you can help us restore
your power as quickly as practical.
When an outage occurs
- the loss of power was caused by your system. The problem may be with your wiring and may
require the services of an electrician.
- Call your neighbors to determine if they have electricity. This helps pinpoint the extent of
- If the cause of the outage is not in your wiring, please call (218) 743-3131 or (800) 762-4048.
Congratulations to North Itasca Electric Scholarship winners:
- Sophia Eitenmiller, Northome
- Samantha Hollinday, Bigfork
- Jetta Lievsay, Northome
- Jaden Meyer, Bigfork
- Tiana Weidenborner, Northome
June 2018 Calendar of Events
|Bowstring Chapel Pie & Ice Cream Social and Lunch 4:30-7 p.m. Homemade pie, ice cream, bake sale, craft sale, sloppy joes and hot dogs.
Blackduck High School Memorial Day Band Concert, 9:30 a.m.
Women of the Woods meet at 10 a.m. at Sand Lake Community Center. Call Pat Sievertson at 659-2157. Note change of day this month.
Northome First Responder Open House, 7 p.m. Northome Senior Center. How to respond to common medical emergencies, how to become a
licensed medical medical responder, free blood pressure, blood oxygen and sugar testing. Dessert & door prizes.
Reception for “You Never Were Alone,” paintings by Adam Swanson at the Edge Gallery, Bigfork, 5-7 p.m. Exhibit runs
May 31 through June 30. The Edge Gallery is open Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Bigfork Valley Pharmacy hosts a Drug Take-Back Event in partnership with the Itasca County Sheriff’s Department, 9 a.m.-noon.