MN Power Seeking More Public Input with Great Northern Transmission Line

By KBJR News 1

August 9, 2013 Updated Aug 9, 2013 at 6:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota Power is continuing with what they describe as efforts toward more transparency in regard to their proposed Great Northern Transmission Line.

The proposed power line would bring renewable, carbon–free hydro energy from the Minnesota–Manitoba border to the Arrowhead Substation in Hermantown, through a series of power lines that lessen in voltage as they near St. Louis County.

Earlier this week, roughly 14,000 letters were sent to home and land owners defining the intention of the project, complete with a map of possible routes for the 300–plus mile transmission line.

The goal of the letter and map, says Minnesota Power, is to obtain as much feedback as possible from those who are currently in the potential zone.

They add they're encouraging feedback from concerned homeowners, like Kathy Bjonskaas, who received her letter Tuesday.

"I would think that they'd need people that have larger quantities of property. And if they are going to put it through our property, are we going to be compensated for that? I've heard that high voltage lines [are] not good for your health," said Bjonskaas outside of her five-acre home Friday.

Minnesota Power says they'll continue to host a series of open forums to discuss the project with home and landowners, including 11 in September.

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