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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
Friday, October 12, 2001; 10:00 A.M.
State Capitol Building, Public Utilities Commission Cactus Conference Room
Pierre, South Dakota



Chairman Jim Burg called the meeting to order. Present were Commissioner Pam Nelson; Commission Advisor Greg Rislov; Commission Counsel Rolayne Ailts Wiest; Staff Attorneys Karen Cremer and Kelly Frazier; Staff Analysts Dave Jacobson, Heather Forney, Keith Senger, and Michele Farris; Executive Director Deb Elofson; Deputy Executive Director Sue Cichos; and Administrative Secretary Mary Giddings.

Joining the meeting by telephone were Suzan Stewart and Marv Sorenson, MidAmerican Energy Company

Natural Gas

1. NG01-010 IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF MIDAMERICAN ENERGY COMPANY FOR AUTHORITY TO INCREASE RATES FOR NATURAL GAS SERVICE. (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson/Michele Farris/Keith Senger/Heather Forney/Martin Bettmann. Staff Attorney: Kelly Frazier.)

Mr. Jacobson explained the Staff request for a consulting services contract. Suzan Stewart and Marv Sorenson, representing MidAmerican Energy Company, stated that there were no objections to hiring a consultant.

Chairman Burg moved to approve Staff's contract for consulting services. Commissioner Nelson seconded. Motion passed 2-0.

Chairman Burg moved to delegate the authority to enter into the consulting services contract to the Executive Director. Commissioner Nelson seconded. Motion passed 2-0.

Meeting adjourned.

Mary R. Giddings
Administrative Secretary