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Published September 07, 2011, 03:26 PM

Land Corridor Approved for $312M Minnkota Power Line

(AP) — State regulators have approved a land corridor for a proposed $312 million electric power line from west-central North Dakota to Grand Forks.

By: Associated Press,

(AP) — State regulators have approved a land corridor for a proposed $312 million electric power line from west-central North Dakota to Grand Forks.

Minnkota Power Cooperative wants to build the 250-mile line to supply electricity from its Milton R. Young power station to member 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 location and issue a construction permit.

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

Minnkota is transferring its power transmission rights on an existing DC line to Minnesota Power of Duluth. After Minnkota completes construction of the new line, Minnesota Power will use the DC line to transmit electricity from wind farms in western North Dakota to its service territory in Minnesota.

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