Proposed study surprises Basin Electric and landowners

It takes years to develop a transmission line – and that’s before a shovel ever hits the ground.

For Basin Electric’s Antelope Valley Station (AVS) to Neset line in western North Dakota, it’s been two years of work and due diligence. In that time, Basin Electric has submitted all of the required documents and permit applications, contacted all state, federal and tribal agencies to ensure no significant cultural sites would be impacted by the line, and provided public notices, comment periods, legislative briefings and transparency with the public.

Just prior to the North Dakota Public Service Commission public hearings held in early September, the cooperative was notified by the State Historic Preservation Office that the Center for Heritage Renewal at North Dakota State University (NDSU) was awarded a grant from the National Park Service. Researchers at NDSU received the grant July 13, 2013. They submitted the application for it in January 2013.

Craig and Rhonda Dvirnak have owned their ranch since 1985, but the land has been in the Dvirnak family since his grandfather put a down payment on it in the fall of 1928. They own the land surrounding the North Dakota State Historic Site where the Battle of Killdeer Mountain took place. The recently announced study of the battlefield area has sparked concerns from the Dvirnaks as well as other area landowners.

Craig and Rhonda Dvirnak have owned their ranch since 1985, but the land has been in the Dvirnak family since his grandfather put a down payment on it in the fall of 1928. They own the land surrounding the North Dakota State Historic Site where the Battle of Killdeer Mountain took place. The recently announced study of the battlefield area has sparked concerns from the Dvirnaks as well as other area landowners.


To read more, check out the feature story in the November-December issue of Basin Today. Learn about two landowners who would be affected differently by the proposed study, but who have very similar perspectives on how they plan to handle it.

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