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An existing 230-kilovolt power line is shown Wednesday near Granite Falls. The now-defunct Big Stone II project included plans to upgrade transmission capacity on two corridors in the region: a line from the existing Big Stone plant near Milbank, S.D., to Morris and a line from the plant to Canby and from Canby to Granite Falls. Though a second plant will not be built, there remains interest by unnamed parties to preserve the route of the planned upgrades. Tribune photo by Susan Lunneborg

Big Stone power plant plans go down, but will the lines still go up?

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WILLMAR -- Plans to build the coal-fired Big Stone II power plant have gone down, but there apparently remains interest in seeing upgraded transmission lines going up that were once promised as part of the project.


The lines were to have included excess capacity available for carrying wind power.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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