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October 2, 2018

HIGH SCHOOL PAGE PROGRAM

An amazing experience is available to high school juniors! The Minnesota House of Representatives offers a hands-on week-long experience at our State Capital in St. Paul during the legislative session.   Students learn first-hand the process that is involved in bills becoming laws, they meet with their local representative, attend committee meetings, meet other youth from across the state and come home with knowledge that will stay with them for the rest of their life. 

Applications are due November 28, 2018   In addition to the application, students need to submit an essay, a letter of recommendation from a teacher or advisor. The information below is taken from the  Minnesota House of Representatives website - https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/edprog/over2p.htm.  This link will take you to The High School Page Program information.

History

Over the last 40 years the High School Page Program has been dedicated to providing participants with hands-on access to our state government in action.

Modeled after the United States Congress Page Program, the Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program was established in 1975. Today, the program remains dedicated to providing students with meaningful opportunities and has evolved into one of the top page programs in the nation.


The Program
Throughout the course of their week in Saint Paul, High School Page Program participants are exposed to a wide variety of experiences, designed to provide them with a deep understanding of our state government.

Among the many highlights included in each student's week at the Capitol are:

  •     Individual meetings with legislators designed to allow students to discuss the issues that matter most to them.
  •     Experiencing the legislative process firsthand by assisting members during legislative session.
  •     Participating in a mock committee session designed to develop students' leadership skills and to inspire them to think critically about the issues confronting our state.
  •     Providing students with the opportunity to meet with constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, lobbyists, and members of the media.

Students should expect to participate in scheduled program activities from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00am to 12:30pm on Friday.

Video Series Explains the Program

A Guide to the Minnesota House High School Page Program

Participation
The Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program is open to all Minnesota high school students in their JUNIOR year. Program participants are selected in the fall of each year based on a formal process which includes an application, faculty recommendation, and an essay.

How to apply
Students interested in applying for the Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program should either contact their school, or download an application by following the link bellow.

(Link to PDF application)


August 25, 2017

Local Democracy Legislation

During the 2017 Legislative Session, the Minnesota Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, a provision that reduces duplication in regulation on your electric cooperative. This piece of legislation, Local Democracy, returns some balance to the regulatory process, ensuring decisions that impact member-owners of electric cooperatives are made locally by your elected board of directors. While electric cooperatives are already locally regulated in most areas, this legislation made an important clarification, one that will allow for innovation in response to members’ needs and wants for years to come.

What does the passage of local democracy legislation mean to members of Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative (MLEC)? The legislation allows the board of directors of an electric cooperative to adopt the authority of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) over a specific section of Minnesota Statute regarding distributed generation*. Adopting this authority brings the cooperative in-line with local governance of rates, fees and charges found in the rest of Minnesota Statute.

The specific statute area that will be considered by the MLEC board to adopt authority is Minnesota Statute 216B.164, the small power production and cogeneration section. This section of statute lays out the requirements for distributed generation in Minnesota. The local democracy legislation didn’t change the substance of this section - the requirements for distributed generation remain the same. What does change is the regulatory body responsible for balancing interests within the law if the cooperative board adopts the authority held by the MPUC.

Adopting this authority ensures that the local regulatory board (the MLEC board of directors) is responsible for interpreting and applying this section of statute while balancing local interests of members within their cooperative. Adopting this authority will reduce the administrative burden on the cooperative while allowing the cooperative to innovate in response to member needs without the high cost of PUC intervention. The MLEC board of directors will be discussing and voting on adopting a resolution at their September 15, 2017, board meeting.

Written comments for board consideration can be submitted to Chris Perrine, Member Service Manager, via email at chrisp@mlecmn.com; or mail to MLEC, Attention: Chris Perrine, PO Box 230, Aitkin MN 56431; or, delivered to our office in person. On September 15, 2017, prior to their monthly meeting, the board of directors will be available from 9:00-10:00 a.m. for member comments. Contact Chris Perrine at 218.927.8242 to schedule an appointment for meeting attendance.

If you have questions, please call our office. Cooperatives have been successful because we are member-owned and governed. This legislation is another step in protecting that local democratic control.

*Distributed generation refers to power generation at the point of consumption. Typical examples include: solar panels on the roofs of homes and buildings, small wind turbines, and electric vehicles.

 

Draft Copy of Resolution Adopting the Authority for Implementing Minnesota Statute 216B.164:

DRAFT A Resolution of the Board of Directors of _______________________ Cooperative Adopting the Authority of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in Minnesota Statute Section 216B.164

WHEREAS the Minnesota Legislature passed and the Governor of the State of Minnesota signed into law the authority for the boards of directors of cooperative electric associations to assume the authority of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in Minnesota Statute 216B.164 during the 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session.

BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Directors of __________________________  Cooperative that authority granted by the legislature to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission over cooperative electric utilities in Minnesota Statute Section 216B.164 is assumed by the Board of Directors of _______________________ Cooperative as provided in Minnesota Statute 216B.164 Subd. 11(a).

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Directors of ________________________ Cooperative are the regulatory commission of ___________________ Cooperative. Wherein Minnesota Statute 216B.164 the term commission is used, the meaning of commission is the Board of Directors of ______________ Cooperative unless there is language expressly to the contrary.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Directors of ________________________ Cooperative have adopted rules and have them in effect on this date implementing Minnesota Statute 216B.164.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Directors of ________________________ Cooperative have on this date, included in rules implementing Minnesota Statute 216B.164, a dispute resolution process as required by Minnesota Statute Section 216B.164 Subd 11(a) and (b).

SIGNED AND DATED: (Have each Director of the Board Sign the Original Resolution)


June 12, 2017

Last month, President Trump released his proposed budget for 2018, with a number of suggested proposals affecting rural America. One of the proposals includes selling off transmission assets -- lines, structures, substations, etc. -- that belong to three of our country's four Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs). Co-ops in more than 20 states receive some allocation of power from those PMAs. If this proposal moves forward, it would affect many rural areas with potential rate increases and threaten the reliability of power co-ops rely on.

Please take a moment today to let your Senator know that selling off the PMA assets amounts to nothing more than a tax on rural America.

Some Senators have already announced their support of PMAs -- please thank them for their support.

Most Senators have not announced their support of PMAs -- please ask them to show their concern for rural America.

 Action.coop link

Thank you for supporting your electric cooperative!

Sincerely,
America's Electric Cooperatives

@CoopAction
www.facebook.com/CooperativeActionNetwork


On August 3, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final Clean Power Plan (CPP) regulating carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants.

Click Here for Great River Energy's Clean Power Plan Position. (8/24/15)

 


Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative believes a common sense approach needs to be taken to allow for a mix of renewables that does not adversely affect rate payers and those that can least afford higher energy bills.

For more information to keep electric bills affordable, visit www.action.coop.

 

 

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