Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project

44 INTERVIEWS

DATE: 1977-1979

INTERVIEWER: Edward P. Nelson

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 the 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, representatives of the Governor's office, and several state legislators. The interviews varied with the nature of each narrator's involvement in the controversy, but all were correlated to provide a firm base for comparison of views and motivation.

COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW:  Edward P. Nelson performed all of the basic research, maintained project files, and conducted all of the interviews for this project. He framed the interview questions in consultation with James E. Fogerty. 

LENGTH OF INTERVIEWS: 68 hours 47 minutes

TRANSCRIPTS: 2,331 pages

Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Charles L. Anderson
Charles L. Anderson
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Willard Anderson
Willard Anderson
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Robert S. Banks
Robert S. Banks
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Nancy C. Barsness
Nancy C. Barsness
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Charles Berg
Charles Berg
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Wendell Bradley
Wendell Bradley
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Ronnie Brooks
Ronnie Brooks
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with George W. Crocker
George W. Crocker'
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Ira D. Emmons
Ira D. Emmons
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with David Fjoslien
David Fjoslien
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Virgil and Jane H. Fuchs
Virgil & Jane H. Fuchs
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with James Gelbman
James Gelbman
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Harold C. Hagen
Harold C. Hagen
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Richard A. Hanson
Richard A. Hanson
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Lawrence B. Hartman
Lawrence B. Hartman
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Wallace Hayenga
Wallace Hayenga
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Gordon and Helen B. Hedner
Gordon & Helen B. Hedner
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Dr. Merle N. Hirsch
Dr. Merle N. Hirsch
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Donald G. Jacobson
Donald G. Jacobson
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Scott and Lorraine Jenks
Scott & Lorraine Jenks
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Paul Jost
Paul Jost
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Carolyn Koudela
Carolyn Koudela
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Ted V. Lennick
Ted V. Lennick
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Philip O. Martin
Philip O. Martin
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with John Millhone
John Millhone
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with C. David Nelson
C. David Nelson
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with James Nelson
James Nelson
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Wayne Olhoft
Wayne Olhoft
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Donald Olson
Donald Olson
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Deborah Pick
Deborah Pick
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Hervey Richardson
Hervey Richardson
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Dennis and Nina H. Rutledge
Dennis & Nina Rutledge
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Ed Schrom
Ed Schrom
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Wayne Schumacher
Wayne Schumacher
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Robert Sheldon
Robert Sheldon'
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Louis Sieling
Louis Sieling
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with John R. Stone
John R. Stone
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Roger Strand
Roger Strand
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Paul Tollefson
Paul Tollefson
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with The Rev. Elmer Torborg
Rev. Elmer Torborg
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Alice Tripp
Alice Tripp
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Peter Vanderpoel
Peter Vanderpoel
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Kenneth Wald
Kenneth Wald
Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Math and Gloria Woida
Math & Gloria Woida