Ortman Substation and transmission line

Project was completed August 2015.

(The Ortman Substation was formerly referred to as the Effie Substation.) To improve the reliability of electric service in northern Itasca County, which is now served by a single source of electric power, Great River Energy proposes to build a new 230/69-kV transmission substation (to be named the Ortman Substation) and build a new 20-mile 69-kV transmission line from the new Ortman Substation to the existing 69-kV transmission line just west of the Bigfork Substation.

Quick Facts

Structure: Wood poles
Voltage: 69 kV
Spans: 250 to 400 feet apart
Energization: November 2013
Length: 20 miles

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Public Meetings

Representatives of Great River Energy and North Itasca Electric Cooperative held an open house meeting on Mon., Dec. 5, 2011, at the North Itasca Electric Cooperative office in Bigfork to provide information about the proposed project and hear feedback.



Easement acquisition is complete.


Construction is complete.


Restoration is complete.

Other Info

The project was placed in service in August 2015.

Project Contacts

Dale Aukee
Senior Field Representative

Media Contacts

If you are with the media, please contact:

Jennifer Mattson
Twitter: @jennymmattson

Lori Buffington
Twitter: @lbuffing