Wabasha County camp owners object to CapX2020 plan

Owners of two Wabasha County youth camps made their voices heard at a hearing Thursday about part of the CapX2020 transmission line project.

The hearing, conducted by the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings and held at the Oronoco Community Center, was about the “Chester Line,” a 115-kilovolt electrical transmission route proposed to run south from the 345-kv mainline to a substation east of Rochester, near Chester. About 50 people attended the hearing.

Merl and Annamae Norman, who founded Woodland Camp, a property that abuts the east end of the Lake Zumbro dam, where the transmission line is proposed to cross the Zumbro River, described harsh effects the project would have on the camp.

“It will, in effect, destroy the serenity and peacefulness that has been there for 45 years,” Annamae Norman said. “This is a heartbreaker for us.”

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