Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 24 NO.11  -  November 2020
Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance Programs

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Good morning North Itasca,

I just got back to work after another wonderful weekend with family! This past weekend was special; I got to take my oldest daughter on the youth deer hunt. I would like to give our fine community and school a huge thank you. Carlee was able to complete her hunter safety this year, these valuable lessons were shared with me in the field while we played countless games of Crazy Eights and thirty-one in the deer stand. Carlee was successful in her hunt, harvesting a nice young doe. This week she will help me make sausage and learn the fruits of the hunt. Thanks again to Mrs. Heinle, Kenny, Ron, Jeremiah, Katie, Travis, Donny, Matt, and the Bigfork Fire Department.

Over this past weekend we got our first blast of winter. The crews are especially busy this time of the year. We are trying to get the last of the underground services finished up before the ground freezes. This has been a busy summer with many new services and several underground projects. If you have anything that you need North Itasca Electric's help with, please call sooner than later. We don't have much time to spare.


Operation Round Up grants awarded  

The North Itasca Electric Community Trust Board met recently to award Operation Round Up grants to area nonprofit organizations for local projects. The board was able to award $12,000 thanks to the generosity of participating members who round up their bills each month to the next dollar.

Applicant OrganizationProject Title
Wildwood-Plum Creek Community club Repairs to the picnic pavilion$385.80
North Itasca Emergency food Shelf (Bigfork) Holiday Dinner for Food Shelf Clients   $1,800.00
City of Squaw Lake Annual Community Halloween Party $735.75
Northern Progressive Inc. Tree Lighting - Christmas $100.00


Roxanne's Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, member services representative

This is my favorite time of the year! I love being outside in the fall hunting & fishing or just going for a walk in the woods with the dog. Judging by all the people in the area lately, I do not think I am alone!

As many of you know with COVID it has been a challenge to get appliances in. Well that is an understatement isn't it? it is not just appliances that are affected, it is almost everything. Who would have ever thought that a virus would cause so many problems? My appliance orders have been held up for months, but they are slowly starting to come in. We received some smaller chest freezers in and some 14 cu.ft. upright freezers, along with some washers and dryers. We have a good selection of ranges and dishwashers in stock as well. If you need anything, please call or stop in. The only thing we still have not received is refrigerators! I am hoping that should be soon.


Services Spotlight:
 Bigfork Ambulance Service Association

by Sally Sedgwick

"It's training that you will carry with you throughout your life," said Susie Schmickle, a 30 year veteran of emergency medical services.

She was explaining the role of the volunteers who staff the Bigfork Ambulance Service Association (BASA), located in Bigfork but serving a primary service area of 1,500 square miles.

It's a crucial service, she pointed out. Bigfork is 40 miles from another medical center or ambulance service. "If we didn't have this, where would we be?" she asked.


November 2020 Calendar of Events 

Regularly scheduled meetings, some have resumed in-person meetings. Contact organization for the latest information:

1 Daylight Savings ends. Turn clocks back one hour.
3 Election Day.
6 No school, Blackduck School