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Todd Eddy of Minneapolis and other Sierra Club activists were among observers who packed into a Minnesota Public Utilities Commission hearing Thursday on the Big Stone II transmission project. Staff photo by Scott Wente

Big Stone approval has strings attached

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ST. PAUL - An electric transmission project in western Minnesota can go forward - with conditions aimed at protecting ratepayers and the environment -- state regulators decided Thursday.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to approve a large-scale power line project that would distribute electricity from the proposed Big Stone II coal-fired power plant in eastern South Dakota.

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