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Detroit Lakes electric rates to go up 5.5 percent

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Electric rates are increasing 5.5 percent for Detroit Lakes residents, effective Jan. 1.

Maintenance needs, state mandated energy conservation programs and the need to maintain reserves are the reasons for the increase.

One reason is that federally subsidized hydropower from the Missouri River is increasing 13.8 percent, which constitutes 35 percent of the city's power supply.

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