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Minnesota Opinion: On the energy shift:

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The demise Monday of the Big Stone II power plant could pose future power problems in the Upper Midwest.

The $1.8 billion, 550-megawatt plant was to use the latest technology as a clean coal power generating plant, fit to firm up the Upper Midwest's baseline energy for many years to come. The beginning of the end came late this summer when Fergus Falls-based Otter Tail Power Co. pulled out of a consortium of power companies working collectively to build the clean-coal plant.

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