Hearings this week!!!

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by admin on December 6, 2009 @ 10:10 pm

Brookings CapX 2020 hearings this week.

We start out at the Hog Wild Saloon, in Henderson, and it progresses from there:

December 7 (Monday)

1 & 7 p.m.

Brass Top Hall/Hog Wild Saloon, 514 Main Street, Henderson, MN


December 8 (Tuesday)

1 & 7 p.m.

Lonsdale VFW, 115 2nd Avenue SW, Lonsdale, MN


December 9 (Wednesday)

1 & 7 p.m.

Park Ballroom/American Legion, 300 So. Lexington Avenue, New Prague, MN


December 10 (Thursday)

1 & 7 p.m


December 11 (Friday)

Holiday Inn, 20800 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN


December 15-18 (Tuesday – Friday)

9:30 a.m. – ????

PUC – 121 – 7th Place E., 3rd Floor, St. Paul


You can question the witnesses, you can testify, and you can enter exhibits.  This is important — it’s your chance to let the judge know what you think, and if you don’t speak up, he’ll never know.

YOU CAN TESTIFY!!  If you want to testify, here’s what I’d recommend:

  • Plan ahead.
  • Write it out SUCCINCTLY.
  • Have a copy to hand in for the record, and have copies to hand out to CapX and others  (send to local paper the day before!)
  • Have a few copies of exhibits that you want to talk about, i.e.,
    EMF research, a recent appraisal, photos of eagle nests in the
    neighborhood, etc.  The issue here is routing, so look over the maps
    and notice what’s missing, because there’s always a lot.  Let them know
    that there are four houses on your road missing from the maps; that if
    they run it through the field by the road, it would disturb an anthrax
    field (!!!);  that’s what’s on the map as a road really isn’t a road; let them know that you have just gotten a permit to build
    a barn or you’ve got plans to put in an irrigation pivot right where
    they want to put their (#*)(*$(*^% transmission line!  Let them know if
    you would plan to utilize the “Buy the Farm” option (Minn. Stat. 216E.12, Subd. 4). 
    Let them know your mortgage company would take any eminent domain
    compensation that you might get.  Tell them what you know about your
    community or the area they want to traverse.
  • Get there a little early and sign up, and if the sign up sheets aren’t around, let the judge know you want to testify, and he’ll put you on the list.  He’s been extra careful to ask several times to see if there are people who want to testify who aren’t on the list.
  • When it’s your turn, either take the oath or affirm, then your testimony will carry more weight.
  • Give your testimony.  Tell your story, tell your family’s story.  Use examples, show him on the map…
  • Answer any questions that parties or the judge may have.
  • That’s it, it’s really that easy —  congratulations for speaking out!
  • Encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.


You can enter exhibits.  Bring copies of things you think will help
show the judge why a particular route is a really bad idea, things like
the aforementioned:

  • Photos of eagle nests that you’ve taken and can identify the locations of the nests.
  • Photos and maps of arns, businesses and homes they want to go over — give a face to the place!
  • Provide copies of appraisals that show the devaluation of your property.
  • EMF studies and cases.
  • Photo simulations of transmission towers in river valleys showing impacts.
  • Photo simulations of substations at night looking and sounding like an intergallactic space station.
  • Photos of your kids waiting for the bus, which would be right under the line if they built it there.
  • Other ideas???

If you need help, let me know in the comment section, or ask me at the hearings.  I’ll be going
to every one of these meetings this week, and I’lll help you state your
case however I can.

image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace