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Power up? Big Stone II may yet get long-delayed approval

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The Big Stone II project may yet rise from the dead and provide power to this part of Minnesota.

But not until 2014 at the earliest -- which means three years of having to buy expensive supplemental power on the open market.

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The original opening date of spring 2010 was designed to avoid a power shortfall for this region, projected to begin in 2011, according to estimates by the Mid-Continent Area Power Pool.

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