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A traveling exhibit on rural electrification is coming to the Becker County Museum. Submitted Photo

The history of electric power in Minnesota

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Though the city of Detroit Lakes established its first steam-powered electric plant in 1891, many families living in rural Becker County didn't have electricity until the mid-1950s.


This is just one example of the discrepancy in power availability that existed between rural and municipal areas of Minnesota when the state first became "electrified" in the late 1800s, said Amy Degerstrom, director of the Becker County Historical Society Museum in Detroit Lakes.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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