Proposed ND power line route upsets birdwatchers

Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Some wildlife preservationists worry that a high-voltage transmission line proposed by Minnkota Power Cooperative could disrupt several species of grassland birds including the Western meadowlark, North Dakota's state bird.

The 250-mile line is proposed between Center and Grand Forks. Minnkota officials say they have worked with wildlife officials to try to avoid disturbing animal species when they begin building the line.

Retired University of North Dakota professor and birdwatcher David Lambeth tells the Grand Forks Herald that the proposed corridor runs through an area that is considered a remnant of the tallgrass prairie.

Minnkota spokesman Kevin Fee says the co-op believes its preferred corridor is the best one. It will need approval from state and federal regulators.