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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.

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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