Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 22 NO.11  -  November, 2019
Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance Programs

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Good morning!

The sun is out, and I’m excited this morning! It is MEA weekend for the kids this weekend and I get to take my oldest daughter out for her very first deer hunt. We’ve practiced, we have our safety covered with the gun, clothes, game cam pictures of deer, and a plan put together. More than likely, she may not want to pull the trigger. I’m sure we’ll play many games of cards and get some good quality time together. We have friends bringing their kids to camps around us that we’ll go visit. We will hear the finest of stories of the big hunt put together by the most experienced of hunter, kids! I’m happy Minnesota has this opportunity for the kids, before it’s -20 with a 30 mph wind out of the north. I hope you all have as great of a weekend as I’m expecting with the family.

Speaking of hunter safety, we have been working on a few safety topics in the office lately. You will notice when you stop by the office next time, you’ll be asked to sign in. This is a safety step and for good service. We can refer to sign in sheets if there are any questions for payments, paperwork, appliance sales or for multiple reasons we haven’t thought of. It is also necessary to know who is in the building for safety.


Member saves with Storage Space and Water Heating programs  

by Jerry Loney, Member Services Manager

A member of North Itasca Electric Cooperative stopped by when building a new home in 2017.

We ran into each other one day, and he told me how pleased he was with the Steffes Storage Furnace he purchased from North Itasca Electric. His house was built on the beautiful North Shores of Bowstring Lake off County Road 35. During the time of construction, we reviewed the type of construction and building materials to be used. We also did a heat loss calculation based on them such as spray foam insulation vs. standard fiberglass. In conclusion, the homeowner decided to install a Steffes Hydronic Storage furnace.

The home was built on a slab with PEX tubing just below the concrete floor. With a loft included, approximately 1,800 square feet of living space needed to be considered when doing the heat loss calculations.


Hunters' Suppers  

Friday, November 8

Jesse Lake Lutheran Church
Location: County Rd. 4, 2 miles west of Talmoon
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Cost: Adults, $15; children 6-12, $6
Menu: Lutefisk, Swedish meatballs and lefse
Also: Split the pot

Mustang Volleyball
Location: Senior Center, Northome
Time: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free Will donation
Menu: Meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy corn cole slaw, buns, desserts


Operation Round Up® fall grants awarded  

North Itasca Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up® participants are committed to lending a helping hand to the communities and residents of northern Minnesota. Through their assistance, the Operation Round Up Trust Board recently approved $11,900 in contributions to local community programs during its bi-annual meeting.

Operation Round Up® is a charitable program unique to electric co-ops which is designed to provide financial assistance to worthwhile activities and community projects by “rounding up” member’s electric bills to the nearest dollar. The average donation of each participating North Itasca Electric Cooperative member is $5.52 annually.

The cooperative’s Trust Board reviewed and considered 41 grant applications and distributed funds to 37 projects and programs.


Holiday Contests  

Annual Christmas Cookie/Candy Contest

by Roxanne Prather

It’s that time of year again when we are all starting to think about Christmas and all the baking that comes along with it! I’m looking forward to seeing all the goodies you come up with this year and can’t wait to try some of the new recipes.

Send in your favorite recipe for your candy or cookie (or one of each if you’d like), that you make at Christmas. We will compile all the recipes we receive into a book again this year. The book will be available at the Christmas Open House on Dec 13.


November 2019 Calendar of Events 

3 Daylight Savings time ends. Set clocks back one hour.
5 Mizpah City Council meets in Mizpah Community Center, 7 p.m.
7 “Native Visions” exhibit opens at the Edge Center Gallery, Bigfork. Reception Friday. Nov. 22, 5-7 p.m. This is the last monthly exhibit until the spring and runs until Saturday, Dec. 14. Gallery is open Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
8 No school, Blackduck School
8,9 Hunters’ Suppers
11 Veteran’s Day - No school, all schools. North Itasca Electric offices CLOSED.
11 Women of the Woods meet at 10 a.m. at Sand Lake Community Center. Call Pat Sievertson at 659-2157