Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 22 NO. 5  -  May 2019

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Good day from North Itasca Electric Cooperative,

Today I plan on doing a little bragging. See, at least I warned you.

What I’m bragging about, many of you will agree with me. April 18th is National Lineman Appreciation Day. I do appreciate all the hard work, long hours, difficult weather and everything else our crews must deal with. We expect a lot from our crews, sometimes too much. They answer our call and go above and beyond with their commitment to our system and member-owners. Thank you to the crews and their families that support them.

April 24th is Administrative Professionals Day; our office professionals make North Itasca Electric special. This group of hard-working individuals are the silent backbone of the cooperative. Often working long hours on projects for our membership, these employees are the kind voice and caring commitment you hear on the phone or see when you stop by. Another huge thank you to our office professionals and their families for everything you do!


Operation Round Up® awards $12,750 in spring cycle  

Through the assistance of North Itasca Electric’s participating members, the Operation Round Up® Trust Board recently approved $12,750 in contributions to local community programs during its bi-yearly meeting.

The cooperative’s Trust Board reviewed and considered 43 grant applications and distributed funds to 35 projects and programs on April 16. Since the program’s inception in October 2004, more than $320,831.27 has been distributed to community-based projects and programs.


Roxanne’s Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, member services representative

Spring is here or is it? As I’m writing this, we are bracing for yet another snow storm, Hopefully the last one of this year!

I want to remind everyone that Grilling Time is fast approaching, if you are in the market for a great propane grill, you should stop in and see what we have. We carry MHP and Phoenix brands. These grills are made to last.

If you’re the kind of griller who has a little patience, the Phoenix grill is for you. The indirect heat makes it impossible to burn your food and the heavy-duty cast aluminum drip pan helps to prevent flare-ups. The stainless-steel diamond pattern mesh grate allows you to grill vegetables and not worry about them falling through the cracks. You can grill, steam, roast or smoke on this grill.


Inventory Clearance  

North Itasca Electric is clearing out electric heating equipment from inventory:

15 kW electric Thermolec plenum heater $850.00
6 kW electric Thermolec boiler $600.00
36 kW Hydroshark electric boiler $969.50
Watts expansion tank Model 30 $56.93
Siesco boiler elements $29.71
Pex Tubing $0.42/ft
120 volt 30 amp relays $24.27
24 volt 30 amp relays $33.41
Load center for load control equipment installations   $221.35
Misc. Electric mats 2x5 and 2x9 $113.21

Area Greenhouse Openings  


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

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


Grundmeier’s Greenhouse is located at 589 Main St North, Blackduck. Opening Weds, May 9. Hours are Mon-Sat, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Grundmeier’s carries bedding plants, a selection of Proven winners® (including sweet potato vines) hanging baskets and planters. Phone: (218) 368-4282


May 2019 Calendar of Events 

4 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. Facebook.com/treasures6429. Pick up maps at stores and halls on route.
4 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.
6 North Woods Craft Store, Northome opens, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Sat.
6 Last day to submit entries for the 2019 juried show “Art on the Edge” at the Edge Gallery, Bigfork. Enter at EdgeCenterArts.org.
6 ISD 318 School Board meeting via telepresence at Bigfork School. Public Forum 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m.
7 Mizpah City Council meets in Mizpah Community Center, 7 p.m.