Power of Red River Valley event inspires conversation about clean energy


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David and Lissa facilitate conversation after the film screening and presentations

On November 27, over 140 people from the Red River Valley attended a film screening of the new documentary, The Power of Minnesota, that took take place at the Historic Fargo Theatre. Event highlights included a social with appetizers, presentations from local speakers, a screening of the documentary, and a community conversation to explore the Red River Valley’s clean energy developments. Read on to see all of the details!

The Program


  • The Historic Fargo Theatre was bustling with more than 140 attendees chatting over appetizers before the program started. At 7pm David Ripplinger from North Dakota State University Extension welcomed everyone and, with help from Lissa Pawlisch at the Clean Energy Resource Teams, thanked partners (Prairie Public, City of Moorhead, NDSU Extension, UMN Extension, and CERTs).

  • We first heard about clean energy happenings in Moorhead from Jackie Maahs, Sustainability Coordinator, Concordia College and Dan Mahli, Assistant City Manager, City of Moorhead.
  • After the lighting talks we premiered The Power of Minnesota, a new documentary that features stories about the many ways in which clean energy is strengthening the economy and helping families and communities in the state.
  • People stuck around after the film to engage in discussion with other attendees about clean energy efforts past and future in the Red River Valley!
  • Read a humorous and informative account from Kaylee Cusack, Minnkota communications specialist, of her experience driving to this event in an electric vehicle.

Download all speaker presentations from the event >>

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Power of the Red River Valley

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Local voices from the event

“Prairie Public is pleased to partner to offer this opportunity for education and discussion about clean energy,” shared John Harris, President & CEO. “The subject of energy development is important to us all—and important to our community’s future—and beyond the exciting local premiere at this event, we will air The Power of Minnesota on television on January 22, 2019 at 8pm so that our entire broadcast area can benefit from its content.”

“Consumers, businesses, and communities have much to gain by becoming educated about and engaged in determining their energy future,” noted event partner David Ripplinger, Director of the North Dakota State University Extension Bio Energy and Product Innovation Center. “The Power of the Red River Valley event provides an opportunity to do just that.”

“Moorhead citizens are passionate about sustainability,” said Mayor Del Rae Williams. “We are one year into our commitment into the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program and this event will let us celebrate our successes and dream about our next steps.”

The Power of Minnesota

Visit The Power of Minnesota website to see the full documentary, more clips, to see upcoming events, and to download a viewing guide or host a screening >>

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    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission