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Southern case nearly completed

By Richard Ecke

Great Falls Tribune

A bankruptcy case involving Montana rural electric cooperatives is headed toward a possible summertime denouement, officials said Friday in federal bankruptcy court in Great Falls.
“I know we’ll come to a final product here soon,” federal Bankruptcy Judge Ralph B. Kirscher said at the Missouri River Courthouse in Great Falls.
Billings attorney Malcolm Goodrich said officials hope to “keep up the pace” of the case to limit already staggering costs of the bankruptcy.
Kirscher on Friday said he planned to give conditional approval to an amended disclosure statement in the case, pending minor technical changes, and hopes to hold a hearing, tentatively set for 9 a.m. June 2 in Billings, in which a reorganization plan for the Southern Montana Electric Generation and Transmission Cooperative could be confirmed.

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