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Big Stone II Project Manager Mark Rolfes answers questions Tuesday from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. The commission is expected to decide Thursday whether to allow a western Minnesota electric transmission project utilities say is critical to the proposed Big Stone II coal-fired power plant. (Scott Wente/St. Paul Bureau)

Big Stone II utilities, opponents make case

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ST. PAUL - Closing arguments in the Big Stone II transmission case yielded more questions from state officials weighing the project.

Regulators on Tuesday questioned utilities led by Fergus Falls-based Otter Tail Power Company about their proposed electric transmission project in western Minnesota.


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