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Debra Theesfeld

October 20, 2013
Reinbeck Courier

Dear Editor,

I understand that the letters from Rock Island Clean Line are being sent out in the remaining 10 counties in Iowa. Letters in the first 6 counties including mine went out in July. I am a landowner in Palo Alto County and I was as stunned in July as I'm sure recipients of these letters are now.

Please be advised that this can be fought. Rock Island Clean Line does not have a utility franchise and they do not have Power of Eminent Domain at this point. There is an involved process they must go through before the Iowa Utilities Board. Your dissenting voice is important and will be heard. But you need accurate information. Information is available on the Preservation of Rural Iowa website. This nonprofit group formed to fight this transmission line.

I know these letters hit hard in your very soul when your land, quality of life and livelihood are affected. Please don't think all is lost and this is inevitable. Become informed and attend your county informative meeting. Working together in opposition we can be a powerful group. The website is or call 712-262-5229 or the address is P.O. Box 303, Ayrshire, Iowa 50515. There is also an email address


Debra Theesfeld



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