The Gifts We Take For Granted by forrests


									December 2005


The Power Is Yours

The Gif ts We Take For Granted
Sometimes the gif ts we give aren’t wrapped in paper and bows. Because of help from Hawkeye’s linemen, co-op members in South Dakota were given both light and hope during the recent ice storms. This holiday season, give thanks f or the little things we take f or granted, like f amily, friends, and those who keep the lights on.
Your cooperative sent four linemen, Jeff Henderson, Ron Stika, Brad Dull and Zach Steinmetz (not pictured) to Whetstone Valley Electric Cooperative in Milbank, South Dakota to help with the power restoration efforts.
This is a piece of power line that was brought back with the crews showing the amount of ice the area received.

Inside this issue…
PAGE 2 Manager’s Message PAGE 3 Sales Tax Reminder PAGE 4–5 Energy Efficiency PAGE 6 LetterWërks Sign City PAGE 7 Youth Tour Communications Tower PAGE 8 Service Awards PAGE 9 Director Nominations Welcome New Members PAGE 10 Geothermal Heat Pump Tree Trimming Services PAGE 11 Recipes PAGE 12 Dates to Remember Gift Certificates

Crews arrived on Nov. 28 to repair the more than 10,250 downed power poles and the 9,300 miles of power line affected by the storm. More than 830 line workers from the Midwest worked to restore power. At the height of the storm, 21,800 of the state’s 90,000 rural electric members were without power.

“Our vision is to provide access to safe, dependable and affordable electric services.”

“Honey in the Lion;” the lessons behind the riddle

Tom Miller General Manager

eferring to my article in last month’s newsletter, the parables associated with Samson are loaded with many lessons. Samson was part of a bigger plan and he really did not understand his role. He was losing control and he was arrogant by demonstrating that he was smarter than the Philistines by challenging them with a riddle. The riddle was an attempt to mask a much bigger problem; Samson being out of control. The answer to the riddle is “meat and honey,” but what is the “real” problem?

Samson’s Riddle: “Out of the Eater something to eat, out of the strong, something sweet?” Philistines Answer: “What is sweeter than honey?” “What is stronger than a lion?”

This first part of the “honey in the lion” focuses on the lion. The lion represents weakness, lack of self-control, or lack of self-discipline. The lion was a warning to Samson to regain his self-control. Being able to slay the lion was a demonstration he wasn’t going at it alone. Samson forgot he had help. Informing vs. Manipulating our members The second part of the “honey in the lion” focuses on the lion’s carcass. Samson broke a main rule of his people by touching the dead body. (I bet you thought it was the bees or the honey.) The real issue was Samson’s lack of respect for his parents. He did not respect their advice. Samson manipulated his parents by giving them honey. Honoring your parents was, is, and will always be a fundamental principle of humanity. Samson forgot that too.

trol. De-regulating the power industry during a time of expansion, to me, shows a lack of self-control. There are outside forces trying to benefit from our industry’s need to add generation and transmission. We are going to see, “Unprecedented rate increases” to quote Mr. Bill Berg, President and CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative. Expansion, de-regulation, unstable or volatile energy markets, increased raw materials, increased transportation costs are all hungry lions or warnings. These are all issues that are much, much bigger than Hawkeye REC. Your answers remind me that our membership is behind their cooperative. Further, Hawkeye REC as a member of Dairyland Power Cooperative, should be a reminder to Dairyland, we are behind them too. We have to be on the same team in order to slay these lions.

I am not trying to manipulate you by using scare tactics. We are in for tough times and our rates are going up substantially. We are trying to postpone the increases for as long as possible. We will use the Energy Adjustment Clause (EAC) to recover the first wave of wholesale increases while we evaluate our long-term needs. We will have a permanent increase sooner, rather than later.

“Your answers remind me that our membership is behind their cooperative.”

Please make every effort to use energy wisely. Buying energy efficient appliances, As I understand the parables of Samson, the weatherizing your homes and buildings, taklessons focus on patience and forgiveness. I ing advantage of technology where and when was hoping someone would come up with you can is the honey we can offer at this time. either of those two concepts. Although those Please accept this advice as it is respectfully two concepts were not exactly given as an- intended. swers, I was very encouraged by all the reReliability is our bigger plan sponses. And here is why: Our focus is on reliability. Hawkeye REC is taking control of things we can affect. We Like Samson, the wholesale are continuing our maintenance programs, power market is out-of-control The wholesale power market is out of con- building new lines, replacing old lines, uti-


lizing technology, and participating in Dairyland Power Cooperative activities. Our system continues to grow as we add nearly $1 million in new services and service upgrades annually; this is net of line extension contributions. These additions require other system considerations like voltage and load balancing, main feeder line upgrades, substation expansions, and contingency or back up service plans. All these things can not be ignored. Keeping your lights on is our primary goal.
Patience and Forgiveness

The Lesson Behind Samson’s Riddle
Even though we did not receive the answer we were looking for, the following members will receive a $20 credit on their electric bill for submitting their answers to Samson’s Riddle from the manager’s article in last month’s newsletter.
Hawkeye Member
Everett Tenge, Alta Vista Jane Groth, Riceville Merlin Casterton, Decorah

Their Answer

There are many similarities between the parables of Samson and the current energy industry. We will do our best to keep you informed about your electric cooperative and the role we play in this industry. We ask your forgiveness in that we can’t isolate our membership from our unstable industry. We ask for your patience as our rates push upward. Continue to hold your cooperative to high reliability standards, as those are the things we have the most control over. Thanks for playing along with the riddle. We have listed some of the answers we received as they mean a great deal to us. As always, please feel free to contact me about any questions, concerns, or comments you may have about Hawkeye REC.

“Love” “Jesus’ love for us is sweeter than honey” “The REC will go out of their way to satisfy the members’ needs” Janice Dougherty, Waukon “Conserve energy and use it wisely. In the end you will reap from the benefits you receive, don’t take our energy for granted, use it as if it were your money.” Lauren Costigan, Waucoma “Strength gained from facing difficulties gives us pleasant rewards.” Lowell & Diane Kuck, Decorah “Cooperation” or “Lions are stalking the co-op. Co-op members are the bees. The bees can take control of the strong lion by forming a beehive (many contacting their legislative officials to restore a fair and reasonable rail market). The honey or reasonable electrical power we get in return definitely makes our life sweeter.” Dolores Gerber, Cresco “Something good can and does come out of something bad.” Bruce & Jessie Ring, Cresco “Something good will come when something bad happens.” Ron & Reuben Praska, Cresco “Good things come when bad things happen.” Janice Lansing, Cresco “Something bad turning into something good.” Roland Riensche, Jesup “Some good comes out of something bad.”

Map of Outages

Sales tax reminder
A reminder that the phase-out of the state sales tax on residential electricity bills continues. The tax will drop another penny for bills issued on or after Jan. 1, 2006 (tax is determined by the billing date, not the period of usage). So, the applicable state tax, after Jan. 1, 2006, will be zero percent.

November 2005
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Save money this winter


o matter what kind of equipment heats your home, one thing is certain: The more energy-efficient the heating system is, the lower your utility bills will be. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the combination of a tight, well-insulated home, a properly maintained, high-efficiency heating system and reasonable thermostat settings can cut your annual heating bill by as much as one-half.
Manage the temperature inside your home

Choose a lower thermostat setting at night or when you’re away. It costs less to reheat your home to a comfortable level than it does to heat it while you’re sleeping or gone.

Follow these tips to stay warm and comfortable

Open window coverings on south-facing windows to take advantage of solar heat gain. As soon as the sun stops shining, cover the windows to minimize heat loss.

You can save as much as one percent on your heating bill for every degree you reduce your thermostat setting for at least eight hours per day. If you have an older thermostat, you can save heating dollars by following these suggestions. When you’re home, set your thermostat at 70° F. or lower. If you feel slightly chilly, add another layer of clothing.Also keep the thermostat setting constant for long periods.

Ceiling fan evens temperatures

To help eliminate the chilly feeling caused by temperature layering in a room, run your ceiling fan—on the lowest speed, in a clockwise direction—all winter long.

Adjust the thermostat to the temperature you need. Setting your thermostat to a higher level than normal will not cause the system to work harder or faster to warm your home—and it may waste energy. One of the best energy-saving investments you can make is installing a programmable thermostat, which will automatically handle the daily heating and cooling system temperature changes for you all year long. An ENERGY STAR® qualified programmable thermostat costs anywhere from $40 to $100 (or more) and can pay for itself in less than a year.

Cover east, north and west facing windows. Heavy curtains or insulated shades are best for covering these windows and reducing chills when it’s dark and also during the daytime unless you need the light. Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible. Repair damaged storm windows. Storm windows can reduce heat loss by 25 to 50 percent. Make sure the glass isn’t cracked and that the weather stripping is in good shape around each window’s perimeter.


Wash south-facing windows. Dirt and grime on windows can reflect part of the solar heat gain you’d otherwise get from these windows. Trim trees and bushes in front of windows. Deciduous trees and shrubs will drop their leaves to let in sunshine. Cut back other types that block the low winter sun. Warm up your bed. Turn down your thermostat and add blankets, quilts or an electric blanket or mattress pad to stay toasty at night. Vacuum baseboard heaters, air registers or radiators. Move furniture or window coverings that are blocking air registers, baseboard heaters or radiators. Install radiator reflectors. These panels will help reflect heat away from walls and into rooms.

Isolate and turn down the thermostat in unused rooms, as long as doing so will not hurt water pipes. Remove wall or window air conditioners during winter. For a wall unit, cover the opening with a thick plywood panel backed by rigid foam insulation; caulk to ensure the unit is weather-tight. If you can’t remove the air conditioner, wrap it in an insulated, waterproof cover. Remove humidity from the kitchen and bathroom with a properly sized exhaust fan. Too much humidity causes condensation and frost on windows and can damage them. But don’t leave an exhaust fan on longer than necessary. In one hour, an exhaust fan can blow a house full of heated air outside.

Want more information?
The material in this article was adapted from a new book, Home Heating and Cooling, just released by the Iowa Energy Center. The first book in the series, Home Tightening, Insulation and Ventilation, was released last summer and is still available. To get your free copy of one or both of these books: Call Hawkeye REC Download a PDF copy at the Iowa Energy Center Web site: homeseries/ Request a copy by e-mailing the Iowa Energy Center at: or call 515-294-8819

Hawkeye REC Rebates & Incentive Programs
Off-Peak Heating
*Interruptible Electric Heat $10.00 per kW ($400.00 Max.) Plenum Heaters $10.00 per kW ETS Heating $30.00 per kW ($1,000.00 Max) (Ducted, Space, Cable, Hydronic) *Boiler $30.00 per kW ($1,000.00 Max)

9kW Mini Boilers Electric Heat Pumps

(To be on interruptible rate, you must have an automatic backup) *Geothermal $160.00 per ton *Air-to-Air pump $160.00 per ton (Must be under load control program) SEER 12 $40.00 per ton SEER 13 $50.00 per ton SEER 14 $60.00 per ton *Qualifies for the following rates: October 1- May 31 .051 cents per kWh June 1- September 30 .060 cents per kWh ($4.50 monthly meter charge)

Efficient Central Air Conditioner

Off-Peak Heating & Cooling Interruptible Electric Rates

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You could win a Free Trip to Washington, D.C.


awkeye REC is sponsoring a FREE trip to our nation’s capitol, June 10-15, 2006. An action packed week awaits this year’s Youth Tour participant. He/she will tour historic sites and monuments, meet congressional leaders, explore the Smithsonian museums, take a cruise on the Potomac and meet new friends from Iowa and across the nation! It’s a perfect opportunity to travel, work with REC leaders, and enhance your leadership skills! Fill out the form and send to Cindy at Hawkeye REC.

You will receive Youth Tour study materials and an open book test which must be completed and returned to Hawkeye by March 20, 2006. The five students with top scores will qualify for the final examination and judging. Judges will select the winner of the Washington D.C. trip and an alternate. For more information regarding the Youth Tour, please visit: or if you have questions, please feel free to contact Cindy at 1-800-658-2243 or 547-3801.

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Invest in your future! Sign up now to compete with area students for your chance to win an unforgettable trip to our nation’s capitol. Complete application form and return to: Hawkeye REC, Attention: Cindy, PO Box 90, Cresco, Iowa 52136.

NEW This Year
You can now fill out the application form online, print & sign the form and return to Hawkeye. After you receive the study materials, log-on to to complete and submit the test online.

Iowa REC Youth Tour • June 10-15, 2006
Name: School: Signature: We certify that we are the parents or legal guardians of the youth who has signed above and that we give our permission for him/her to participate in the Youth Tour 2006 Contest and to participate in the trip to Washington, D.C. should he/she be selected. Date: Signature(s): Address: City: State: Zip: Phone: REC Service Location No: Age: Grade:

Hawkeye offers Alliant Energy access to communications tower
awkeye REC and Alliant Energy recently entered into an agreement offering Alliant access to Hawkeye’s communications tower located at the REC headquarters in Cresco. Alliant Energy installed antennas and an equipment cabinet just north of Hawkeye’s tower. This will fill in some of Alliant’s gaps in their radio coverage. Hawkeye will receive an annual payment from Alliant Energy.
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Your Cooperative Employees
Years of Service

Pat Boyle Member Services Manager & Business Development Meagan Moellers Staff Assistant Karen Pecinovsky Customer Service Representative Kevin Reicks Operator/ Groundman Ruth Riha Customer Service Representative

Norman Dickman Director Julie Madsen Customer Service Representative Marlyn Ohloff Operator/ Groundman

Cheryl Dietzenbach Administrative Assistant

Thanks for your dedication!

Ron Stika Lineman


Want to be a Director?
Director Qualifications
As outlined in Hawkeye’s Bylaws, minimal qualifications for a director are: Must be a cooperative member. Must be a bona fide resident living within the geographic boundaries of the Cooperative’s service area. Must receive electrical service from the cooperative in the district from which they have been nominated and elected. Must not be employed by or financially interested in a competing enterprise or business selling electric energy, supplies, or services to the cooperative. Must not be a close relative of an incumbent director or of an employee of the cooperative at the time of his/her election to the board.

he participation in nominating and electing directors is one of your most important roles to exercise your right as a member of Hawkeye REC.

A member can be nominated by petition containing the signature of not less than 1% of the cooperative membership. If by petition, such petition must be received by the Secretary not less than 45 days before Would you like to be nominated as April 6, 2005. The secretary shall a Director for your Cooperative? post the nomination(s) at the Cresco If you are interested in serving on the office along side the list of nominaBoard of Directors or know a mem- tions made by the nominating comber who would be interested, please mittee. contact the office. Any member may At this year’s annual meeting the be nominated by volunteering their members will elect one director name or being appointed by the from Chickasaw, Howard and nominating committee. Winneshiek counties.
Directors up for re-election:

Chickasaw County Dean Fisher

Howard County Roger Nibaur

Winneshiek County Charles Frana

Hawkeye REC welcomes New Members
Debbie L. Steine ....................................... Cresco Rusty S. Culver ...................................... Riceville Steven Mlady ............................................ Cresco Michael J. & Haley Langreck ....... New Hampton Alan C. Hageman ................................... Decorah RW & Mary Nelson (Farm Acct.) .....Mason City Jeremy Jones ........................................ Waucoma Kendra Kothrade ............................ Fort Atkinson Mark T. Theis ............................................ Ossian Carl Thompson ....................................... Decorah David C. Kuboushek .................................Calmar Mark M. Zweibohmer .................................. Elma Jeremy L. & Denise Bohr ....................... Decorah Ron R. Deike .................................. Lime Springs Daniel A. Detweiler ...................... Harmony, MN Mahlon Miller ..................................... Clark, MO
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Craig Felper ........................................... Riceville Cassidy Abkes......................................... Decorah Elya Abasov ............................................ Decorah Bruce & Caroline Riley ............ Middletown, OH Mark A. Henry .......................................... Cresco Adam Humburg ...................................... Decorah John D. Quam .............................................. Elma Stacy Riley .............................................. Decorah Randy & ReNae Frana ................... Fort Atkinson Darrin & Marlene Lonning ..................... Waukon Jeffrey Chase ......................................... Bluffton Todd Nierengarten .................................. Decorah Matt Spencer ........................................... Decorah Chris/Julie Wilkins ................................. Waukon Tom Green .................................... New Hampton Jamie McClain II .................................... Decorah


Local Dealers:
804 Pole Line Rd. Decorah IA 52101 563-382-0642

Casper Plumbing & Heating

Will they be cutting and trimming trees in your area?
Starting January 1, 2006, Community Tree Works of Canton, Minn. will be cutting trees in the Locust and Burr Oak substation areas which include the following townships: Burr Oak, Hesper, Highland, Decorah, Canoe, Pleasant, Bluffton and Freemont. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Community Tree Works at 507-429-2325 or call 800-658-2243 and ask for Hawkeye’s operations department.

Geerts Plumbing & Heating
913 N. Linn Ave. New Hampton IA 50659 641-394-3369

Mracek Electric

3270 120th St. Waucoma IA 52171 563-569-8438

Mracek Electric

816 Mechanic St. Decorah IA 52101 563-382-3038

Mills Helmers, Inc.

312 N. Main St. Charles City IA 50616 641-228-2545

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Kids– test your Holiday knowledge!

Security Lights Security Systems Water Heater Program Water Conditioners/ Softeners Electric Usage Audits New Home Consultations

Please contact us for more information. 1-800-658-2243 or 547-3801
ANSWERS: 1.train set 2.truck 3.airplane 4.crayons doll 7.bicycle 8.puppy 9.teddy bear 10.roller skates 11.drums 13.kitten 14.sled


Swirlicious ChocolatePeanut Toffee

-Party FavoritesChristmas & New Year’s Eve

Send or e-mail your favorite recipe. If we print your recipe in our newsletter you’ll receive $5 off your next electric bill. E-mail to: January - “Souper Bowl”
(Favorite Soup Recipes)

Take one of these delicious treats to your Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties.

February - Quick & Healthy Recipes

Holiday Party Mix
9 c. oven toasted corn cereal squares 4 c. popped popcorn 1 ½ c. dry-roasted peanuts 1 c. packed light brown sugar ½ c. butter ½ c. corn syrup 1 t. vanilla extract ½ t. baking soda 1 pkg. (10 oz.) Nestle Toll House Holiday shapes & morsels 1 pkg. white fudge covered pretzels Mix cereal, popcorn and peanuts. Pour into a greased large roasting pan. Combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, without stirring for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour evenly over cereal mixture; stir to coat evenly. Bake at 250o for 45 minutes stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely in pan, stirring frequently to break apart mixture. Stir in shapes, morsels and pretzels. Store in airtight containers. Yield: 5 quarts Christine Burke – Elma, IA

1 c. butter 1 T. butter 1 c. dry roasted peanuts, chopped 1 c. sugar ½ c. packed brown sugar 1 T. light corn syrup 1 pkg. (10 oz.) swirled milk chocolate & peanut butter morsels Line a 9X13-in. baking pan with foil. Coat foil with 1 T. butter. Sprinkle ¾ c. peanuts over foil. Melt remaining butter in a medium, heavy-duty saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar, brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil. Cook for 6 minutes, about 290o on candy thermometer, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Working quickly, carefully pour hot mixture evenly over nuts in pan. Immediately sprinkle with remaining nuts and morsels over toffee. Press down lightly before morsels begin to melt. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until set. Remove foil; break into bite-size pieces. Store in airtight container at room temperature. Yield: 40 pieces.

2-8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese 8 oz. soft sharp cheddar cheese (Cracker Barrel) 1 t. chopped pimento 2 t. Worcestershire sauce 1 t. lemon juice Cut up dried beef and mix with cream cheese. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Can either leave in bowl or form into a ball. Serve with crackers. Donna Rue – Ridgeway, IA
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Dried Beef Cheese Ball

Seasoned Pretzels
1-20 oz. bag mini twist pretzels 1 c. oil 1 pkg. ranch dressing mix (dry) 1 t. garlic powder 1 t. cayenne pepper 1 t. Cajun seasoning Mix oil and seasonings real good and pour over pretzels, stirring well. Put on cookie sheet and bake for 1 ½ hrs. at 200o stirring every ½ hour. Cool and seal in air-tight container. Gary Hovey – Cresco, IA


BILLING CYCLE DATES Dec. 26 Member reads meter and records on payment voucher. Please mail your bill today to make sure it arrives to Hawkeye by the 1st of January. Dec. 28 Automated payments from checking accounts and credit cards are processed. Bills become delinquent. Hawkeye REC prints bills based on Decembermeter reading. Bills are mailed to members from Dairyland in LaCrosse.

A “Powerful” Gift

Say Merry Christmas this year with a gift certificate from Hawkeye.

Jan. 2 Jan. 11 Jan. 12


hat a great present for the person who has everything! Certificates can be used for credit on electric accounts and first call accounts or can be used to purchase other goods and services Hawkeye provides. Gift Certificates aren’t just for the holidays anymore; they can be used anytime throughout the year. And they are easy to get; no malls or crowds. Come by our office; call and charge to your VISA or MasterCard; or mail a check to our office requesting a certificate. Be sure to include the name of certificate recipient. The certificates expire one year from the purchase date.

OTHER EVENTS Dec. 23 & Christmas Holiday Observance— Dec. 26 Office Closed Dec. 29 Hawkeye REC Board Meeting Dec. 30 & New Year’s Holiday Observance— Jan. 2 Office Closed

(Note the above Holiday Closings!)

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BOARD DIRECTORS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dean Fisher, President - Lawler Dean Nierling, Vice President - Burr Oak Dennis Ptacek, Secretary/Treasurer - Elma Norman Dickman - Decorah John Hockspeier - Alta Vista Janelle Mahr - Lime Springs Roger Nibaur - Elma Charles Frana - Calmar Dennis Young - Decorah PERSONNEL Tom Miller, CEO & General Manager Roger Halverson, Operations Manager Jim Murphy, Information Tech. Manager Cindy Christensen, Communications Manager Peggy Berg, Chief Financial Officer Pat Boyle, Business Dev./Mbr. Serv. Manager EDITOR EDITOR Cindy Christensen IOW STA ONE IOWA STATE ONE CALL


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