PUC grants route permit for high voltage power line through Hubbard County
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has issued a permit for a bitterly contested 115 kV power line through the heart of Hubbard County.
The PUC granted Great River Energy's application for a 7.25 mile high voltage line that would run from a proposed new substation on U.S. Highway 71 north of Park Rapids, eventually connecting to the Mantrap Substation on County Road 4.
The most controversial part of the route follows County Road 18 for several miles.
That is where the most vocal opposition came from.
Disappointed residents have explored retaining legal counsel, claiming the need was never demonstrated for the power line and substation, which is to serve the growing population and needs in the Potato/Island lakes area.
For more on this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's Park Rapids Enterprise.