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Associated Press, Published September 07 2011

Land corridor approved for $300M ND power line

BISMARCK, N.D. — State regulators have approved a land corridor for a proposed $300 million electric power line from west-central North Dakota to Grand Forks.

Minnkota Power Cooperative wants to build the 260-mile line to supply electricity from its Milton Young power station to cooperatives in North Dakota and Minnesota.

North Dakota's Public Service Commission says the corridor will be about 1,000 feet wide. The commission will decide the power line's exact location and issue a construction permit later.

Commissioner Kevin Cramer says the commission held public hearings in Northwood, Washburn and Carrington on the project.

The proposed line will run alongside an existing power line. Minnkota is transferring the existing line to Minnesota Power of Duluth. Minnesota Power will use it to transmit electricity from wind farms in western North Dakota.


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