Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Nancy C. Barsness

Transcript (PDF)


Titles Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Nancy C. Barsness
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Barsness was a farmer from Cyrus, Pope County. She freelanced as a reporter on the powerline controversy for KMRS Radio and several newspapers in Pope County. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Getting involved in the powerline controversy. Survey - conducting surveys; changes in second survey; results of; additional comments on. Working as a newsreporter. Darrell Mulroy incident. Runestone Electic Cooperative - trying to work with the co-op; members vs. board of directors; bylaws; reforming the structure; organizing special meeting; co-op as big business instead of representing the people; relationship to CPA. Relationship between CPA and UPA. Vandalism costs. Media - working with; overall handling of issue. Governor's involvement - role; working with him; science court. Opposition tactics. Impact of issue on self and people in the area. Issues for people in controversy - troopers; health and safety hazards; placement of towers; difficulty of communicating with utilities. Types of protesters and their issues. CPA and UPA impressions of the issues. Communicating with Bob Sheldon of CPA. Communicating with state officials and police. Working with opponents. Communication between protesters and utilities, governor, legislators. Turning points in protest.
Quantity 5 hours sound cassette
66 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 270 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Barsness, Nancy C.
Interviewer: Nelson, Edward P.
Places Subject: Cyrus, Pope County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 02/20/1979
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 25 (Library Call Number)
AV1988.180.4 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project'


This browser does not support PDFs. Please download the PDF to view it: Download PDF.

User Comments

How Can We Help?

Know Something We Don't?

Please comment below if you are able to:

  • provide any additional information that will help us better understand or interpret these items
  • provide information that clarifies historical context of the item
  • report an error in the description


Name and Comment will be displayed publicly.

Name: (required)

E-mail: (required)

I agree to the Terms of Use (required)

If you are a person leave these fields blank.