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Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 22 NO. 1  -  January 2019

Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance Programs

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Happy New Year!

This past year together has been exciting. The first thing I want to report on is that our Board of Directors voted to approve our 2019 budget. This is a process for the team at North Itasca Electric. We leave no stone unturned to make sure we don’t miss any expenses or revenues to provide the board with the necessary information on the budget. I am very pleased to say there will be no rate increase for 2019! Enter the sigh of relief.

With the passing of our friend Terry Schmitz there is an opening on the board. Our Board of Directors is looking to appoint someone from District 8 to this position. I will hold a special district meeting at the Marcell Family Center on January 9, from 5-7 p.m. to discuss this or any other issues. This meeting will be an open forum and very casual.


Terry Schmitz

Terry Schmitz  

by Larry Salmela

Terry Schmitz joined the North Itasca Electric Co-op board in 1994 and provided continuous loyal service to the members until he died on November 30, 2018.

Terry was known to have a firm grasp of the business principles which are so important for the long-term financial success of the co-op. He was a businessman in his private life. He knew that the business must succeed “according to the numbers” on a regular basis as the years went by.


Roxanne’s Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, member services representative

First off, I want to thank everyone for coming to our Open House. We all know how busy this time of year is and appreciate you taking the time to stop in! This year it was even better than last year, we got to see a lot more members that we don’t normally see attend. This might be because the weather was a lot nicer then it has been in the past, along with the fact that we also were handing out Capital Credit checks too. Either way it was good to see more faces. Sales were pretty good, and it was fun visiting with all of you.

The coloring contest was a hit. We had several entries and the lucky winners were:

  • Grade K-Lilla Bass
  • Grade 1-Kathlyn Hyde
  • Grade 2-Harper Gilbertson
  • Grade 3-Jaylynn Shaw
I just want you all to know it was a tough decision; they were all pretty darn cute. You all did a great job!

The Christmas Cookie/Candy contest winners were:

  • 1st place -Terri O’Brien (Fudge Filled Dessert Strips) $50
  • 2nd Place-Virginia Wass (Salty Caramel & Pecan Cookies) $25
  • 3rd Place -Viola Johnson (Bake and Make Cookies) $10


Jerry Richards  

by Wes Waller

Somewhere around 1989 I was elected to North Itasca Board of Directors. I arrived about as green as it was possible to be. I knew very little about how a cooperative functioned and nothing about the vast state and federal network it was affiliated with. Eventually you can become educated through classes and seminars designed to bring the new board member up to speed, but your initial well of knowledge comes from your fellow directors and the lessons they have learned at the School of Hard Knocks.

Luckily for me Gerald [Jerry] Richards sat at the head of the board table. At this time Jerry probably had 30 years of experience. He eventually served a total of 44 years, so there was very little he had not seen, and he could provide counsel on mistakes that had already been made and roads we probably shouldn’t go down. Virtually any question that I had, and there were many, Jerry had the answer for. He had been through most of the early hard times and knew what worked and what didn’t. I guess this is the reason we study history, so we can learn from those who have labored before us.


Responsibilities of a board member  

Our Board of Directors is looking to appoint a director from District 8. A director is responsible for, and must actively participate in, the management of the business and affairs of the Cooperative. The Board of Directors of the Cooperative is quite active. It is anticipated that you will spend a minimum of 14 to 24 days, on an annual basis, at meetings of the Board, general membership, committees and other bodies (the biggest share of meetings are during the week when many people must be at work). Are you able to commit that amount of time to be actively involved in the affairs of the Cooperative?

A director has a duty of loyalty to the Cooperative and a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the Cooperative and its members as the director reasonably believes to be the case under the circumstances.

Being a director of North Itasca Electric Co-op, Inc. is an important and exciting task. Certain specific qualifications to be eligible to become and remain a director are set forth in the Cooperative bylaws. In addition, general law imposes certain duties upon directors.


January 2019 Calendar of Events 

Family Nordic skiing with EOWSKI at Scenic State Park; 1-3 p.m. on Saturdays in January and February. More info: 743-7025.
7 Deer River ISD 317 School Board, King Elementary Media Center, 6 p.m. Public forum 5:45 p.m.
7 ISD 318 School Board meeting, Admin Board Room Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. Via telepresence at Bigfork School. Public Forum 6:30 p.m.
8 Stop and Stitch at Marcell Family Center, 9:30 a.m. Bring $1 and a project to work on. Come and go as you please.
9 District 8 informational meeting at the Marcell Family Center, 5-7 p.m. The North Itasca Electric Cooperative board will be appointing a director from District 8 (Marcell area). All information will be at the meeting. Applications due Thursday, Jan. 17. Information about the responsibilies of a board member is HERE. For any additional information, call 743-3131.
9 Bigfork Lions Club meets 2nd Wednesday, 6 p.m. at Golf on the Edge.
9 ISD 363 South Koochiching-Rainy River School Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Northome ITV studio. Truth in Taxation meeting, 6 p.m.