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.