Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 24 NO.4  -  April 2020
Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance Programs

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Good afternoon North Itasca;

My how this article has changed since my first draft. I had begun with talking about the MREA Annual meeting that we were planning on attending. Because of the current COVID-19 situation, more events are canceled every day. We did not take our trip to the capitol to visit with our legislators. These are unique times indeed./p>

Folks, I’m not trying to fan the flames of the concerns felt by many.

I have many responsibilities to many people at North Itasca Electric. The biggest responsibility is safety. Due to the virus situation I had to make the very difficult decision to close the office doors to non-employees. This was to ensure we are doing our part to prevent the spread of this virus. I must ensure our employees can be safe and healthy at work to best serve you, my Member-Owner. Also, if our building were contaminated, anyone of you that came in would be exposed. We have been washing everything with bleach, social distancing and making changes around the building to ensure you have reliable power. Should you need anything, or have concerns, don't hesitate to call the office. Like with any storm, we are here to serve you.


Co-op is exempt from CIP  

by Jerry Loney

What does this mean? It means that North Itasca Electric Cooperative Inc. now has fewer members than that required by regulations to participate in and support CIP (the Conservation Improvement Program). Cooperatives below 5,000-members can be exempt from the state mandate to participate.

According to our year-end report, North Itasca Electric Cooperative now has 4,930 members, placing our membership below the 5,000 member mark.

The CIP programs North Itasca Electric has participated in for so many years will not be abandoned.


Roxanne's Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, Member Services Representative

Because of the coronavirus North Itasca Electric has had to resort to a locked door policy, until further notice! I’m really hoping this won’t be for long, but we just don't know.

We all must do our part to keep everyone safe. I realize that this is inconvenient when it comes to purchasing appliances, but we will just have to do a lot over the phone and on the computer. We will still offer delivery, but to the outside of your home. You will have to get help getting it into your home. Or you can still pick up. We can leave the cart if you’d like to use it, then you'd just have to drop it back off at the Co-op.


Scholarship applications available  

Due April 24

North Itasca Electric scholarship applications are now available. The deadline for application is April 24, 2020. Applications will be available from counselors at Northome, Bigfork, Deer River, Grand Rapids and Blackduck schools. You can also email Christine Lundin at clundin@northome.k12.mn.us or call (218) 897-5275, ext. 157 and request a copy. Additionally, the application is available on the scholarships page of the Northome School website.

Go to northome.k12.mn.us. From the "Our School" dropdown menu, select "The Office," then "Counselor." On the left side of the page there will be a "Scholarships" link and the North Itasca Electric application will be in that list.

April 2020 Calendar of Events 

Many April events have already been cancelled or postponed. Following is a partial list of those events and the original scheduled date if there is one. Some will be rescheduled: check Facebook pages for latest information.
  • Let's Go Fishing fish fry: April 1
  • Hospital board meeting: April 7
  • Effie American Legion Easter Egg Hunt: April 11
  • EdgeWild Players production of "The Realistic Joneses": April 16-18
  • Classic Movie at the Edge Center,"Smokey and the Bandit": April 23
  • Treasures Are Fine Garage Sales: May 2
  • Bigfork Valley Fitness Center classes
  • Bookmobile
  • Area ALS libraries
  • EOW Discovery Center
  • Marcell Family Center
  • Smart Driver courses
Closed through March - confirm for April
  • All schools
  • ElderCircle Tax Aide
Regularly scheduled meetings, confirm before attending on the next page