Oral History Collection
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project
This project documents the controversy that arose from the routing of a high-voltage powerline through western Minnesota. The controversy escalated with rising costs, cumbersome review processes, and what many protesters saw as excessive concern by the federal and state governments for wildlife areas and highway rights-of-way at the expense of protection for productive farmland. The narrators represent all major viewpoints and interests in the issue--farmers and townspeople from the affected areas, officials from the Department of Natural Resources, officers and board members of the electric cooperatives building the line, representatives of the governor's office, and state legislators.