Black and white photograph of a farmer adjusting a milking machine on a Dakota County dairy farm, 1939. Photographed by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration.

Adjusting a milking machine on a Dakota County dairy farm

Adjusting a milking machine on a Dakota County dairy farm, 1939. Photographed by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration.

Black and white photograph of W. A. Benitt with electric pump at the windmill, 1938.

W. A. Benitt with electric pump at the windmill

W. A. Benitt with electric pump at the windmill, 1938.

Black and white photograph of a woman standing by an electric stove, 1940. Photographed by the Minneapolis Star Journal.

Woman standing by an electric stove

Woman standing by an electric stove, 1940. Photographed by the Minneapolis Star Journal.

Black and white photograph of an electric refrigerator, 1931.

Electric refrigerator

Electric refrigerator, 1931.

Black and white photograph of the Rural Cooperative Power Association Generating Plant, Maple Lake, ca. 1950.

Rural Cooperative Power Association Generating Plant, Maple Lake

Rural Cooperative Power Association Generating Plant, Maple Lake, ca. 1950.

Black and white photograph of a woman on a farm ironing, ca. 1925.

Woman on a farm ironing

Woman on a farm ironing, ca. 1925.

Black and white photograph of a woman using an electric mixer, 1938. Photographed by the Minneapolis Star Journal.

Woman using an electric mixer

Woman using an electric mixer, 1938. Photographed by the Minneapolis Star Journal.

Black and white photograph of a "Thor" brand electric washing machine, ca. 1930s. Photographed by Lee Brothers.

"Thor" brand electric washing machine

"Thor" brand electric washing machine, ca. 1930s. Photographed by Lee Brothers.

Black and white photograph of a Williams Electric Kitchen model, ca. 1938. Photographed by the Lee Brothers.

Williams Electric Kitchen model

Williams Electric Kitchen model, ca. 1938. Photographed by Lee Brothers.

Rural Electrification Administration in Minnesota

On May 11, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 7037 to create the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), a New Deal public relief program. The program provided $1 million for federal loans to bring electric service to rural areas. It revolutionized life in rural Minnesota and across the country.

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