Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Math and Gloria Woida
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: The Woidas were farmers and powerline opponents from Sauk Centre in Stearns County. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Learning about the powerline project. Effect of the line on farm - placement of tower and position of line; spraying; irrigation; safety. The opposition - concerns of; involvement in; role of outside protesters in; effectiveness of. Working within the cooperative structure. Electricity - conservation; increased need; alternative methods for farmers; underground wiring; future problems with resources. Routing of line - alternative routes; wildlife land given priority. The role of and working with the media. Confrontations - with surveyors; arrests; lawsuits. Compensation by the utilities - easement; annual payment. Involvement of Governor Perpich. Mediation sessions. Costs resulting from the project - vandalism; hiring security quards; to citizens. Clean-up after the line. State government - relationship with utilities; legislators; views of working within the system. Coal mining. How controversy could have been avoided. Leadership role. Impact of lawsuits on opposition. Relationship of Indian movement and the powerline controversy. Iowa Coal scam. Public awareness of controversy.
Quantity 3 hours sound cassette
48 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 180 minutes length
Place Subject: Sauk Centre, Stearns County, Minnesota, United States
Creation Interviewee: Woida, Matthew
Interviewee: Woida, Gloria
Interviewer: Nelson, Edward P.
Dates Creation: 02/13/1979
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 25
Accession Number AV1988.180.44
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project'

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