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Wednesday, April 19, 2006   


Media Alert:
PUC to host meeting on effects of railroad coal deliveries

South Dakota's Public Utilities Commissioners are asking for input from a major railway company, utilities and others regarding recent changes in rail coal deliveries and how these changes could affect South Dakota utility consumers' electric service and rates. Presentations will be made by representatives of Otter Tail Power Company, Basin Electric Cooperative and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Representatives from other industries that rely on rail service for delivery of product will participate as well. Those presenters include the South Dakota Grain and Feed Association (grain elevators), Broin Companies (ethanol), GCC Dacotah (cement), and Sprenger Midwest (lumber).

When:       Friday, April 21, 2006

                   9-11:30 a.m.:    Presentations by and discussions among company 
                   officials and Public Utilities Commissioners

                   11:30 a.m.:         Media conference

Where:      Sioux Falls Convention Center, Meeting Rooms 1 and 2

For more information or to schedule interviews with Commissioners Bob Sahr, Dustin Johnson or Gary Hanson, please call Leah Mohr, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, at (605) 773-3201. Media calls may be directed to (605) 280-4327 the day of the meeting.