November 2020 Issue
· CEO Report
· Operation Round Up grants awarded
· Roxanne's Sales Talk
· Services Spotlight:: BASA
· November Calendar
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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 Organization||Project 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.
by Sally Sedgwick
Bigfork Ambulance Service Association
"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:
Daylight Savings ends. Turn clocks back one hour.
No school, Blackduck School