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Hoeven lauds North Dakota transmission line

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 19, 2014 at 12:54 am •  Published: August 19, 2014

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Hoeven is applauding the completion of a 250-mile transmission line from Center to Grand Forks.

The Republican member of the Senate Energy Committee said Monday the $353 million project is "a good example of energy infrastructure investments" the state and nation need. The 345-kilovolt line operated by Minnkota Power Cooperative took more than two years to build and is the largest transmission project in the state's history.

The line started service on Aug. 7 and is intended to provide grid reliability and support long-term growth in the region.

Minnkota serves 34,500 square miles in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.