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August 27th, 9:52 am

Grand Forks crew will be working on a substation on the south of Grand Forks this morning.
There may be a brief power interruption with possible blinks.
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August 21st, 8:48 am

Minnkota, dignitaries celebrate completion of historic line
Minnkota
Power Cooperative’s Center to Grand Forks 345-kV Transmission Line
commemoration event was scheduled to be at the Prairie substation southwest of
Grand Forks on Aug. 18, but threatening weather forced the event inside.
"The
project has been delayed over the years as a result of weather, so it's only
fitting today that we have the announcement of its completion inside instead of
outside," said Mac McLennan, Minnkota president & CEO. "That's
true to form as it relates to this project."
McLennan’s
comments came during the celebration of the 250-mile, $353 million line, which
is the longest project ever built inside the borders of North Dakota and
Minnkota's largest investment in transmission facilities.
Several
dignitaries, including U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R.-N.D., and U.S. Rep. Kevin
Cramer, R-N.D., spoke during the event at the Grand Forks Alerus Center.
"Minnkota's
new transmission line will help to provide efficient power for our growing communities
and economy," Hoeven said. "This project is a good example of the
energy infrastructure investments that we need to build a brighter energy
future for our state and our nation."
The
250-mile line began service Aug. 7, transporting energy from the Young Station
to the Prairie substation and providing grid reliability and long-term growth
needs to the northern Red River Valley and beyond.
Other
dignitaries who spoke included North Dakota Public Service Commission Chair
Brian Kalk, PSC Commissioner Randy Christmann and Ryan Nagle, representing U.S.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
Mike
Hennes, the project manager for the Center to Grand Forks line, applauded
Minnkota workers for supporting and guiding project contractors such as
Tri-State Drilling (foundations) and Michels Power (structures and line
stringing).
“The
Minnkota staff need to be recognized for the extra burden carried by many who
this project added to their existing maintenance and construction project
workload,” Hennes said. “My hat is off to all who helped guide this project to
completion.”
Russ Okeson, vice chair of the Minnkota board, said the project
will add stability and reliability to not only Minnkota’s energy system, but
also improves the economic health of the region.
“When we think about the cooperative principles and values
that all cooperatives were founded on, this generation can truly be proud of
the contribution this project will add to that legacy,” Okeson said.
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