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Collection Details


Collection Name: Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project
Repository Name: Minnesota Historical Society. Library [Repository Details]
Repository Location: St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Local Identifier: OH 25
URL: http://www.mnhs.org/collections/oralhistory/powerline.htm
Dates Spanned: 1977-1979
Description: The Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project documents the controversy which arose from the routing of a high-voltage powerline through western Minnesota. The controversy escalated as costs of the project rose and additional frustration was created by cumbersome review processes, and by what many protesters saw as excessive concern by federal and state governments for wildlife areas and highway right of way at the expense of protection for productive farmland. The narrators represent all major viewpoints, including 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, and representatives of state government.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 48
Broad Subjects: Science and Technology; Agriculture; Environment
ASP Subjects: Agriculture; Farmers; Minnesota; Nature conservation; Oral history; Power lines; United States
Other Subjects: Controversy; Protesters
Collection Code: OHC0002086