Handful of opponents say new route needed A small handful of people living along or near the 345-kilovolt transmission line that Minnkota Power Cooperative is proposing to run from Center, N.D., to Grand Forks testified Monday that the project still doesn’t address all environmental or other issues.
Consumers in our region enjoy some of the cleanest air in the country and are paying for about $425 million in environmental upgrades installed in the past few years. Does it really make sense to require huge additional investments for visibility improvement that, even if it did work, would be imperceptible to the human eye?
As Minnkota’s project manager for the Center to Grand Forks line, I would like to explain a few of the important considerations that resulted in planning the 250-mile-long project with a segment through the alkali flats area.
Wildlife preservationists say a high-voltage transmission line proposed by Minnkota Power Cooperative could see an uprooting of several grassland species, including the western meadowlark says. A Minnkota official says the cooperative chose the line only after working with fish and wildlife departments to try to avoid disturbing any species.
The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an intruder who stabbed a Grand Forks man in his home last week has increased to $4,250. The victim’s employer, Minnkota Power, and his co-workers have been raising money for the reward.
A Grand Forks man stabbed in the chest by a burglar last week says he’s back at home now “resting, relaxing and walking.” Tom Schirrick, 40, was hospitalized Thursday with injuries suffered during a struggle with a knife-wielding man who had entered his family’s home by slashing a window screen.
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