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Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon heads to Germany with energy study delegation

The week-long trip is part of an exchange sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Center for German & European Studies.

A Minnesota delegation including Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon heads to Germany on Saturday for a week-long study of renewable energy ideas.

She and other Minnesotans from government, the energy industry, renewable energy non-profits and higher education will meet in Berlin with German renewable-energy experts and policymakers to exchange ideas and best practices.

The trip is sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Center for German & European Studies.

According to the governor’s office, the others in the traveling delegation are:

  • Bob Ambrose, Director of Governmental Affairs for Great River Energy
  • State Senator Terri Bonoff , MN Senate
  • Dr. Sabine Engel, Center for German and European Studies (U of M)
  • State Representative Pat Garofalo, MN House
  • Lewis E. Gilbert, Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota
  • Margaret Hodnik, Minnesota Power
  • State Representative Frank Hornstein, MN House
  • State Representative Melissa Hortman, MN House
  • Steve Kelley
  • Commissioner Nancy Lange, Public Utilities Commission
  • Frances Lawrenz, Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Minnesota
  • State Senator John Marty, MN Senate
  • Georg Maue, First Secretary for Climate and Energy at the German Embassy
  • Rolf Nordstrom, Executive Director of the Great Plains Institute
  • State Senator David Senjem, MN Senate
  • Commissioner Tony Sertich, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board
  • Kenneth W. Smith, CEO of District Energy St. Paul
  • State Senator LeRoy Stumpf, MN Senate

Prettner Solon has been living out of a suitcase recently; this week she was in Oklahoma City for a national lieutenant governor’s conference.

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Gov. Mark Dayton led a different delegation to Germany in mid-June, taking 35 business executives, government officials and higher-education leaders (and his two restaurateur sons) on a nine-day trade trade mission that also included stops in Sweden and Norway.