May 2020 Issue
· CEO Report
· Radiant heat vs. forced air heating systems
· Roxanne's Sales Talk
· Board Nominations Open for Districts 4, 5 and 6
· Area greenhouse openings
· April RoundUp® awards
· May Calendar
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Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 24 NO.5 - May 2020
by Brad Dolinski, CEO
Good afternoon from the confines of home.
I hope everyone is staying healthy out there. Let's not overlook mental health. For those of you
I've had the pleasure to visit with, you can probably tell I enjoy socializing. The most rewarding
part of my job is being engaged with you.
I'm getting a little twitchy following all the rules we have today. So, I started a phone campaign,
I looked through and found some buddies I haven’t talked to in a long time. It's been great to reconnect,
hear about their families, and feel that sense of normal rush back in. I keep reminding myself, this is
a temporary virus. Normal will come back, it might just take a little longer than expected. I encourage
you to reach out to those long-lost buddies, family or neighbors you haven't seen for a while.
Radiant heat vs. forced air heating systems
by Jerry Loney
Are you considering building a new home or cabin and unsure of what kind of heatingz system to use?
Every design has its own characteristics and one system may be better suited than the other.
The purpose of this article is to better inform homeowners of the basics of heat and air as it moves
throughout your home. Starting with forced air heating, the pictures show the characteristics of air
flow as it is distributed in your home.
Roxanne's Sales Talk
by Roxanne Prather, Member Services Representative
Hello, I hope this finds everyone in good health!
From the sounds of it we have been very fortunate not to have a lot of the Covid-19 in our area. I’m sure
that's because everyone up here is doing such a great job at following all the guidelines put forth to stop the spread.
It is times like this that I'm so thankful to live up here in the woods, where social distancing isn't that
hard, unlike in the big cities. I want to thank everyone for all their patience while this is all going on and
to tell you, you've all been great when it comes to dealing through the locked door.
Board Nominations Open for Districts 4, 5 and 6
The nominating committee will meet in the office of the cooperative, Bigfork, Minn. on May 6, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
The duty of the nominating committee is to select, propose and post a list of candidates for director for the following districts:
- District 4 Mary Rahier (Incumbent)...3 year term
- District 5 Lloyd Kongsjord (Incumbent)...3 year term
- District 5 Walter Breeze (Incumbent)...3 year term
Area greenhouse openings
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has listed guidelines for doing business for greenhouses and nurseries
which include social distancing for employees and customers, masks, preventative cleaning, limiting the number of
customers in a store at one time and encouraging phone orders and curbside pickup. Please observe guidelines as
implemented by your greenhouse.
Bigfork Hardware is located just north of the river on Highway 38. Onsite greenhouse open during store
hours, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Phone: (218) 743-3231.
April RoundUp® awards
To Communities served by North Itasca Electric Operation Round Up:
The Operation Round Up (ORU) board recently met via electronic meeting. It was very clear, there was one
objective, how can we use these dollars to best serve our community affected by COVID-19? We had to make the
difficult decision to not give to some very worthy causes to best serve the communities during these trying
times. We focused our efforts on those most in need: food shelves, hospitals, first responders, schools and
We look forward to hearing from more groups in the fall of 2020. Hopefully times have changed by then, and
we can get back to supporting more of the groups that apply. Thank you to my fellow Operation Round Up board
members for their hard work. Thank you very much to everyone that participates in Operation Round Up to make
these donations possible.
Greg Anselmo, Chair ORU Board
May 2020 Calendar of Events
Many May events have already been cancelled or postponed. At the time of printing, the governor's
executive order extends through May 4.
Regularly scheduled meetings on continuing page, most by teleconference, contact organization to participate:
- 5 Cinco de Mayo
- 8 Mother's Day Sale at North Itasca Electric. Showroom is closed but appliances can be
viewed through windows. Sale prices good from May 8-15.
- 25 Memorial Day