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These H-shaped power poles currently carry a 115-kilovolt power line to the Minnesota Falls substation adjacent to the Xcel Energy plant in Granite Falls.The CapX project proposes replacing them with single, steel poles carrying a 345-kV line. The new poles would range from 130 to 175 feet in height, depending on terrain, and the average span between poles would be 1,000 feet. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Residents get up close look at tall project

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GRANITE FALLS -- A handful of people came out to pore over maps and see how plans to invest $700 million and build a high-voltage line from Brookings, S.D., to Hampton in the southeast corner of the Twin Cities metropolitan area might affect them.


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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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