Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 22 NO. 4  -  April 2019

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Good afternoon North Itasca!

So much has happened since I wrote my article last month. We traveled down to the capital to visit with our friends and neighbors that represent our area. This trip sets me on my heels every year. My hat goes off to these folks, their doors are constantly busy. There were church groups, electrical cooperatives, various groups young and old all vying for 15 or 20 minutes of time. I couldn’t imagine being pulled in that many directions all the time.

Shortly after leaving there I see the Governor released his plan for our industry, mandates! I spoke in depth about this topic last month and I don’t want to sound negative, if you wish to know what I think check out the March WATTS.



Electrification has taken on a whole new landscape. We see fields full of solar panels and hillsides with wind turbines reaching high grabbing the strongest winds. These sites are not only becoming a large part of our electrical generation, but the future of our electrical generation landscape.

These facilities known as renewable energy resources will become the norm for our energy production. There are a few other renewable sources in the mix such as: hydro power and digestors, to name a couple, but the largest sources will be wind and solar.

Today, we see the electrification of our homes in a whole new light; as we receive light from the sun, solar panels pull its light rays in and convert them to electrical energy. The sun also causes the resource of wind. Along with the sun lighting the earth and producing electrical energy, it also brings heat. This heat warms the earth’s surface and as we’ve learned in science class, heat rises.


Roxanne’s Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, member services representative

In 1933 Crosley introduced a patented shelvador “shelves in the door refrigerator” which most refrigerators use today. The Crosley Group LLC was founded in 1977 in Concord NC. They have over 3000 independent dealers across the country and seven employees that work there.

A lot of people say they’ve never heard of Crosley, this is because you don’t see them in the big box stores. But you know more than you think. You see, Crosley products are manufactured by trusted brands, primarily Frigidaire (kitchen products), and Whirlpool and GE (laundry appliances). So when you see a Crosley appliance, you are actually seeing a Frigidaire or Whirlpool or GE appliance. This wasn’t always the case, although Crosley roots date back to the 1920s when they started out producing low priced radios. Their line has been growing ever since.

What makes Crosley appealing? That’s easy: affordability, reliability and backed by one of the best warranties in the industry.


North Itasca Electric Co-op, GRE bring STEM program to Deer River School  

On Monday, April 15, The Bakken Museum will bring the outreach program “War of the Currents” to King Elementary School in Deer River, Minn.

“War of the Currents” is a 45-minute live performance exploring science, engineering, and history of electricity through the story of Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and their famous feud. The program uses interactive storytelling, humor, and exciting demonstrations to leave students feeling energized about science.

“North Itasca Electric Cooperative is proud to give back to our local communities and schools,” said North Itasca Electric Cooperative Member Services Manager Jerry Loney. “The Bakken Museum’s ‘War of the Currents’ program helps bring schools’ science and technology curriculum to life; helping kids reach a deeper understanding and interest in these sometimes difficult topics.


Highway 45 is big project for summer road construction  

by Sally Sedgwick

The Itasca County Board held a public meeting for the review of the county’s 2019 5-Year Plan for Highway Improvement Projects on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Assistant County Engineer Ryan Sutherland presented the plan, which lays out the projects, estimated costs and funding sources for highway and bridge improvements and culvert replacements through 2023. The plan, explained Sutherland, is fluid and may change depending on priorities.

Itasca County is responsible for 140 bridges and about 1335 miles of roadway, split between the more heavily traveled County State Aid Highways (CSAHs) and county roads (CRs). CSAHs generally have one or two digits in their number and are eligible for certain state funding.


Districts 7, 8 and 9 Board nominations open  

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.

At the regular meeting of the Board of Directors held in the office of the cooperative on March 28, 2019, the Board of Directors appointed the nominating committee. Members will receive the list in a letter to be mailed to all Members, or they may contact their director or the office at (218) 743-3131 to find the name of the nominating committee person for their district.


April 2019 Calendar of Events 

2 Mizpah City Council meets in Mizpah Community Center, 7 p.m.
5 Edge Gallery hosts Layl McDill in “Frolicking Figments” on display Thursdays through Saturdays from April 5-27, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Artist’s reception is Friday, April 5, 5-7 p.m.
8 Blackduck ISD 32 School Board meets, Media Center, 7 p.m.
8 Effie City Council, 6 p.m. at Effie Community Center.
8 Deer River ISD 317 School Board, King Elementary Media Center, 6 p.m. Public forum 5:45 p.m.
8 White Oak Tractor Club meets at Blueberry Bowl, 7 p.m. New members welcome!
8 VFW meets in Bigfork second Monday at 7 p.m.