Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 22 NO. 7  -     July, 2019

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Good afternoon.

First off, I want to thank everyone that made it out to our 79th Annual Meeting! That was a great time together with friends, family, neighbors and many new faces. I talked to as many people as I could that night, I apologize if I missed you, it sounded like everyone was enjoying themselves. We had many positive comments and I want to thank everyone that had a hand in making the night a success! We are already discussing next year, the big 8-0th annual meeting of North Itasca Electric.

Do you know your cooperative? I’m going to take a minute of your time to ensure everyone in our area knows your cooperative. Right now, there are groups out in the public that don’t have open arms for North Itasca Electric, Great River Energy, or any number of electrical cooperatives. Unfortunately, that is the message being sent around the nation. As a cooperative, we work together with other co-ops, and we’re going to (as Paul would say), tell the rest of the story.


North Itasca Electric hosts Annual Meeting  

by Sally Sedgwick

North Itasca Electric Cooperative held its annual meeting on Thursday, June 13 with a pork loin dinner at the Marcell Family Center catered by the Timberwolf Inn. An estimated 275 members and guests attended the dinner.

A moment of silence started the meeting for two directors who passed away during the year: Terry Schmitz, District 8 (Marcell) and Jim Cox, District 4 (Scenic area). Both had served as board chair during their tenures. Rev. John Hanson, Marcell, stood in for Cox who traditionally has given the invocation, and urged attendees to “be mindful of this beautiful creation.”

Charles Klingsporn was the winner of the Early Bird prize, $150 in energy credits. Lily Polchow and Sawyer Polchow won the drawings for the girls and boys bikes.


Bob saves big on his heating bill  

by Jerry Loney, member services manager

Bob’s heating and cooling expenses seemed high to him. He stopped by North Itasca Electric to see about options the cooperative might have to reduce his costs. It wasn’t long into the conversation when options became apparent to help Bob in his quest to save.

Bob was heating his home with propane, not knowing about the various programs North Itasca Electric had for its members. Bob and his family lived in an average home of 1,200 square foot (not including the basement).

What was Bob currently paying?


Roxanne’s Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, member services representative

We finally had a taste of some warm weather and I’m looking forward to many more days of the same. My house is very well insulated so I can normally close the curtains during the day when it’s hot to block out the hot sun, then in the evening open the windows and cool it down through the night. However, after too many days of high heat in a row the house doesn’t cool down at night and I’m forced to use the air.

Last year it wasn’t too bad. I think I only used my air conditioning about a week total. But during that week I was glad I had it.

I want to let you know that we do have some air conditioners in stock so if you are thinking about purchasing one, now would be a great time since when it gets hot most places sell out fast and they are hard to get. We have two of each in stock!


July 2019 Calendar of Events 

4 Independence Day. North Itasca Electric offices CLOSED.
5 Bowstring Chapel Pie and Ice Cream Social. Homemade pie and baked goods, sloppy Joes and hot dogs, 4:30-7 p.m.
5 Opening Reception for the Juried Show at the Edge Center Gallery, 5-7 p.m. Voting for the People’s Choice Award. Exhibit runs during July 5-27. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.
5-6 Spring Lake Store is hosting a Music and Art Festival, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7: History of the Spring Lake Store, 12-1:30 p.m.
8 Women of the Woods meet at 10 a.m. at Sand Lake Community Center. Call Pat Sievertson at 659-2157.
8 Deer River ISD 317 School Board, Media Center, 6 p.m. Public forum 5:45 p.m.
8 VFW meets in Bigfork second Monday at 7 p.m.
8 White Oak Tractor Club meets at Blueberry Bowl, 7 p.m.