After today, I, your humble blog host, web site updater and email digest writer, will be taking an actual real vacation for two entire weeks (I’m told that, in Olden Tymes, people did this sort of thing every year).

But fear not. Midwest Energy News operations will continue per usual thanks to our skilled and capable intern, Andy Pearson. You should continue to send news tips and story ideas to Andy at, but please save angry missives and other crank emails for when I get back, as we’re not paying him nearly enough to put up with that sort of thing.

The blog will continue to be updated daily with the help of regular MwEN contributors Molly Priesmeyer, Jeff Kart and Dan Haugen.

My thanks to these folks for helping out.

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.