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FOREST CITY | The residents of North Iowa and Forest City had the rare opportunity to hear two oral arguments being presented to Iowa Supreme Court justices in Forest City Monday night.

The oral arguments were held at the Boman Fine Arts Center in Forest City.

The two oral arguments were on the cases Mathis v. Iowa Utilities Board, et al. and Mathis, et al. v. Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors, et al.

In Mathis v. Iowa Utilities Board, et al., Bertha and Stephen Mathis, residents of Palo Alto County, sought to require Palo Alto Wind Energy (PAWE) and MidAmerican Energy to obtain a certificate of public convenience, use and necessity from the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) before constructing their wind energy project, as per Iowa Code section 476A.2, according to the case summary provided to the audience.

However, the IUB said they did not require a certificate, as the project does not meet the definition of “facility,” which the district court affirmed.

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In Mathis, et al. v. Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors, et al., Bertha and Stephen Mathis challenged the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors’ wind energy ordinance and approval of PAWE’s construction application for the wind energy project.

The district court ruled in the Board’s favor, saying the Board followed proper procedures.

Attorneys Wallace Taylor and John Murray presented the Mathis’ arguments. Attorneys Emily Willits and Bret Dublinske presented the IUB’s arguments, and attorneys Haley Van Loon and Brant Leonard presented the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors’ arguments.

For more on this story, see the April 9 print edition of the Summit-Tribune.

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