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Power line plan may be live wire

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Xcel Energy officials are gearing up to make a case that Minnesota's electricity needs require a massive expansion of transmission lines.

The project would extend new high-voltage transmission lines from the Twin Cities to Rochester, approximately 150 miles.

Xcel officials anticipate the line would head south through Hampton on its way to Rochester, though they won't rule out a second option that would run lines east to the Prairie Island nuclear plant.

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