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Keeping the lights on


Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000

The Minnesota Commerce Department has released a report entitled, "Keeping the Lights On", which predicts, that without prompt action, the state could risk an energy shortage by 2006. The report also rejected the idea of deregulating the state’s electric industry.

Electric utilities currently operate without retail competition and have exclusive, state-granted franchises to provide service to their specific areas. A group called "Minnesota Energy Consumers", which is made up of the largest corporations in the state and several multi-national corporations, have been actively lobbying for deregulation of the state’s electric system. A dozen states, (including California, which this summer suffered widespread power outages), have already gone the deregulation route.

But, Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston), who sits as Chairman of the Minnesota House Commerce Committee, has refused to allow the debate to reach his committee for the past two years. "If you take Preston as an example," Davids told the Journal, "you would have NSP coming down to take on the big users as customers, the ethanol plant, the creamery, the school, and the courthouse, but what’s going to happen to the small farmer fifteen miles out of town? That person gets left behind on this issue."

Last Monday evening at a public hearing in Preston, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Jim Bernstein said that the goal of the Ventura administration is to maintain affordable and reliable electricity for everyone. "There is no will from the governor’s office to go to full retail competition," Bernstein said.

Among the Commerce Department’s recommendations to meet the challenges of providing adequate energy in the future are:

• Establishing a statewide energy resource plan rather than leaving it to individual utilities to make their own plans to meet their own needs.

• Streamlining the approval process for generation and transmission projects

• Promoting energy conservation and developing modern energy technologies.

Bernstein said that there doesn’t seem to be the will to build a nuclear or coal generating plant in the state, but added that wind and solar projects could be likely sources for expanding the state’s electric generating capacity.

• Encouraging and enforcing wholesale competition. The department recommends that the state require competitive bidding for new generation projects as well as el .....
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John J. Ryan

Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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5th DistrictI was raised on a family farm east of Manly, IA, and served two years in the army, before coming to Harmony in 1961. In 1963 I married Mary Ann Beckman. We have two children, Raeanne and Philip. I was employed 22 years with Armour Company ..... 
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Marc Prestby

Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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5th DistrictBeing a life-long resident of Fillmore County I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the Board of Commissioners if elected. I have served on the Canton City Council for the past eight years. I am presently employed by Rochester Sch ..... 
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Robert Anfinson

Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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5th DistrictI was raised on a family farm in Norway Township north of Mabel. I graduated from Rushford High School in 1963 and attended Winona State College. Since 1965, I have been farming in Preble Township. In 1976, Caroline Kingsbury of Harmony a ..... 
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Randall Dahl

Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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1st DistrictI and my wife Kathy have been life long residents of the Rushford - Peterson area and have three children, Christian, Aaren and Tristan. We have worked with Fillmore County as licensed Foster Care Parents for approximately 10 years.
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Donald Boyum

Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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1st DistrictI graduated from Peterson High School in 1951 and the University of Minnesota School of Agriculture in St. Paul in 1953. I've had the opportunity to represent the people of the First District in Fillmore County for 26 years. I presently f ..... 
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Lyle Meldahl

Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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1st DistrictAs a resident of Fillmore County my entire life, I feel I know the residents very well and what they want and expect of our local government. Because I have been involved in managing local government programs as well as managing and opera ..... 
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Doug Baker

Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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1st DistrictDoug Baker, Lanesboro

My 12-year old son Cole says, "When dad says something, it happens." I'm a man of action not words. You'll see that in that I work as a sales and marketing director for Steuart Labs in Harmony. We produce hum ..... 
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