Dan Haugen, stellar reporter and all-around nice guy.

When Midwest Energy News launched back in March 2010, it was an aggregation-only news portal. And while the region’s news organizations generally do a good job reporting on energy issues, it didn’t take long to realize that there’s a need for deeper, broader and more thorough coverage.

In December, we started this blog, and in January, we published our first piece of enterprise reporting. In the months that followed, we’ve become as much a destination for this original work as for our daily headline roundup.

Starting next week, we’re expanding our reporting capabilities. Dan Haugen, a Minneapolis freelancer and frequent contributor to Midwest Energy News, will begin our first Energy Journalism Fellowship. Dan will be producing regular features as well as offering regular insight and analysis. He’s a top-notch reporter and we’re grateful to have his help.

Dan will write about issues throughout the region, but over time and as funding allows, we hope to contract with additional reporters to cover individual states, as well as write about specific subject areas.

Midwest Energy News‘ original journalism is funded entirely by foundations and individual donations (every little bit helps!). You can read more about us here.

And while we’ll be focusing more on original work (and eventually redesigning the site), the daily aggregated report will still be a priority, and we’ll continue sending out the email digest at 11 a.m. sharp each day.

If you like what we do, here are some ways you can help out:

And, as always, thanks for reading.

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.

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