Voices of Minnesota

Oral History Interview with Myron R. Allen

DATE: July 18, 1975

INTERVIEWER: James E. Fogerty and Duane P. Swanson

Myron R. Allen's family was involved in the establishment of several electric utility companies in rural Minnesota. Companies in which the Allen family was involved include the R. P. Allen Company, General Minnesota Utilities Company and the Eastern Minnesota Power Company.

Subjects discussed include: the development of the electric utilities industry in rural Minnesota, the rise of the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) and rural electric cooperatives, the growth and later dismantling of electric power holding companies, the work of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the growth and complexity of federal and state regulation of electric utilities in Minnesota and the United States.

LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1 hour 33 minutes

TRANSCRIPT: 40 pages