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Clean Line Energy Meeting Planned For Saturday In Seneca

A meeting of landowners, and other residents affected by construction of a proposed energy transmission line across northeast Kansas is planned Saturday evening in Seneca. A local group will energize and coordinate efforts to oppose the proposal, which would come into Washington, and across Marshall and Nemaha counties. Some 20 speakers were among several hundred people in attendance in Seneca recently at the first of four hearings hosted by the Kansas Corporation Commission, which is charged with approving or denying the route application. The chairman noted that it was the largest turnout he’d ever seen for a K.C.C. meeting.

Emotions ran high as those opposed cited potential health concerns, impact on agriculture, livestock, and land values, and environmental impact. Several were critical of a limited time frame to prepare challenges. Public announcement came earlier this year. Others, including company representatives building the line, highlighted the potential economic impact, through land leases, construction and maintenance jobs, as well as the impact of delivering Kansas wind energy from the southwest part of the state to more populated eastern U.S. markets.

The meeting Saturday evening will focus on efforts to oppose the line locally, and begins at 7 pm at the Settle Inn meeting room in Seneca. For information call 785-336-3663. As well, public comments may also be submitted to the K.C.C. before 5 pm August 28. The application and supporting testimony is online at http://kcc.ks.gov.

About Bruce Dierking

Bruce Dierking owns and operates Dierking Communications, Inc. with stations KNDY/KNDY FM Marysville, KS since 1988, KQNK/KQNK FM Norton, KS since 1999, and KDNS FM/KZDY FM Glen Elder since 2008. A fifth generation native of Marshall County, and a 1980 graduate of Marysville High School, he began a broadcasting career working part time at the age of 14 for Herb and Ruby Hoeflicker at KNDY. After attending Colby, Kansas Community College, with a major in business and broadcasting, Dierking returned to his hometown covering sports and sales, now having served as the voice of the Marysville Bulldogs, as well as area teams for over 35 years. Active in various leadership roles, he has served as President with the Marysville Jaycees, President of the Kansas Jaycees, and National Vice President with the US Jr Chamber of Commerce. He has been a board member, and past President of the Marysville Chamber of Commerce, served many years as Vice President of Marshall County Development Corporation, served 8 years on the Kansas Association of Broadcasters including Secretary/Treasurer, Chair Elect, and Chairman of the board. He has twice served terms on the Good Shepherd Lutheran School Board serving as President, and held several leadership roles with Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, serving as congregation Chairman. He, his wife Lesa, and daughter Allison are active in many community activities, contributing to, providing publicity for, and volunteering. He is currently active with the Marysville Historic Depot restoration project, serving as Vice President. A mentor to many in the broadcasting industry, Dierking continues an active role in station operations, on the air with the morning show each day, traveling many nights to cover ballgames, and present covering local events for news broadcasts. He is passionate about his community, and the rural midwest. An active historian, genealogy, community development, Kansas and architectural history are among interests. Dierking enjoys travel, having visited nearly every state, and several foreign countries. He is a fan of music, and enjoys reading.