Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 22 NO. 6  -     June, 2019

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Thank you all for coming out to North Itasca’s Mother/Father’s Day sale! The turnout was by far greater than we expected. Next year we will plan accordingly. I was telling friends later that night how great of a time I had meeting the member-owners of North Itasca Electric, the food wasn’t bad either.

The next big event in planning is our Annual Meeting. This year we will be meeting in Marcell Thursday, June 13th. We’ll start serving supper around 5:00 p.m. with the meeting to follow.

Yes, we are trying something different this year. Supper will be catered from the Timberwolf, sounds like a pork loin dinner. There will be an early bird drawing, and the grand prize will be a gas grill of your choice. We are cutting back on the vendor prizes; the gift for attending the meeting will be a bill/stores credit for NIECI. You will get this credit after the meeting is over on the way out of the Marcell Family Center.


In Memoriam: Jim Cox, Director  

by Larry Salmela

Jim Cox served the members of the North Itasca Electric Cooperative beginning in 1990 until he died on April 28, 2019. Jim was by all measures the common man, your next door neighbor, the typical co-op member, and your friend who was approachable at any time to help with almost any need. The common man, he earned his living working with his hands. His hobbies were restoring old cars and snowmobiling. He lived peacefully in the north woods.

As we remember Jim, the phrase “served the members” stands out. Jim was dedicated to serving his community in many ways. He was a founding member of the Swampsiders Snowmobile Club. He served as a director of the North Itasca Electric Co-op. He served his church congregation as its pastor.


Energy efficiency starts with knowledge  

by Jerry Loney, member services manager

When one desires to reduce their energy costs, the first step is understanding energy and the appliances using it.

Electrical appliances use energy in the form of watts per hour. All appliance consumption is not the same. Appliance consumption varies depending on the amount of work the appliance does. Some appliances even have variable settings enabling it to change the amount of work you would like the appliance to do. For example; electric space heaters.

Many space heaters have varying settings: low, medium and high. The low setting may consume 600 watts per hour, medium setting 1000 watts per hour and high 1500 watts per hour. Since all watts produce the same amount of heat energy per watt (3.412 BTUs), the higher the setting, the higher the BTUs delivered.


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:

  • Check the fuses and circuit breakers in your home and on the meter pole to determine if the loss of power was caused by your system. The problem may be with your wiring and may require the services of an electrician.

North Itasca Electric Scholarships  

Unclaimed capital credits are donated to create area scholarships for children of Member-Owners of North Itasca Electric. This year the following students received scholarships:


Lucy Kaczor, Deer River


Brianna Haley, Bigfork
Samantha Hildebrandt, Northome
Jenna Meyer, Bigfork
Kia Tower, Bigfork
Returning Adult Student Award: Colleen Elhard


June 2019 Calendar of Events 

1 Graduation, Bigfork 2 p.m.
3 ISD 318 School Board meeting, Admin Board Room, GR, 7 p.m. Public forum, 6:30 p.m. At Bigfork School by telepresence
5 Last day of school, Deer River School
7-9 Take a Kid Fishing Weekend, Minnesotans 16 and over don’t need a license if they are fishing with a youth 15 and younger
8 Wilderness Days in Bigfork. Vendors, entertainment, games, displays, parade. All day.