- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota man is appealing a decision to allow construction of a 160-mile electrical transmission line from southeastern North Dakota to northeastern South Dakota.

The Aberdeen American News reports (http://bit.ly/1yulTrg ) that court papers show Gerald Pessal of Lily is appealing the decision by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. His attorney declined to comment on the appeal.

The proposed line is a joint venture of Montana-Dakota Utilities and Otter Tail Power. It would stretch from a Big Stone power plant substation near Big Stone City, South Dakota, to a substation near Ellendale, North Dakota, and would cost up to $370 million. The utilities hope to begin construction in 2016 and complete it in 2019.

South Dakota regulators approved a permit for the project in August.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com

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