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Todd Eddy of Minneapolis and other Sierra Club activists were among observers who packed into a Minnesota Public Utilities Commission hearing Thursday on the Big Stone II transmission project.

Regulators approve Big Stone II lines

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ST. PAUL - Utility regulators backed a controversial plan today to build large electric transmission lines in western Minnesota, but required certain conditions be met.


The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved the project by Fergus Falls-based Otter Tail Power Company and four other utilities. The companies want improved transmission lines to distribute electricity generated by the planned Big Stone II coal-fired power plant in eastern South Dakota.

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