A popular organic dairy in Scott County is closing its doors after a major power line project skirted the property. The owners of Cedar Summit Dairy won a district court lawsuit that required a power consortium to buy the farm. The CapX2020 project is constructing huge transmission towers to move electricity across the upper Midwest.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner identified the worker who was electrocuted earlier in the week as a 26-year-old St. Paul Park man. Two workers were shocked while working at a power line work site near Fairfax, Minnesota on Monday morning at about 8:45 a.m.
Two workers at a power line work site near Fairfax, Minnesota were shocked on Monday morning, according to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office. The accident happened at about 8:45 a.m. Both workers were airlifted from the scene.
A case set for trial next week is expected to test Minnesota’s “Buy the Farm” law, which is meant to require utilities building high-voltage power lines to buy out farms in the way if affected landowners demand it. The case pits the CapX2020 project against Cedar Summit Farm near New Prague (prayg), a dairy that fills glass bottles on site and feeds its cows a 100 percent grass diet.
Otter Tail Power Company and Xcel Energy have filed a permit application with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission for a high-voltage transmission line from Big Stone City to near Brookings.
Federal officials are promising an accelerated permit review for a proposed Wisconsin-Minnesota power line.
Xcel Energy is asking drivers on Interstate 94 to keep their eyes on the road. Starting on Tuesday, crews will begin using a helicopter to string wires between Monticello and St. Cloud.
Utility crews will start using a helicopter this week to string wires on poles along a high-voltage transmission line from Monticello to St. Cloud.