Xcel Energy has shut down two of its three nuclear reactors in Minnesota. At the Monticello plant a gasket needs repair and emergency generators are not working at one of the two reactors at Prairie Island. No radiation was released in either case. Xcel is buying electricity during the repairs, which should take a couple of days.
Ordway will require vaccinated audience members also be boosted
If someone has not gotten a booster shot, they will have to show a negative COVID test.
U of M to require vaccine or negative test proof for large events
The policy doesn't go into effect until late-January.
Massive ice maze to open in Stillwater on Saturday
Last year's event attracted 31,000 people.
Man indicted for first-degree murder in ex-wife's death
He's accused of killing her days after she remarried.
Crashes, spinouts piling up as snow blankets southern MN
Snow is expected to continue throughout the day.
CentraCare pausing COVID tests for asymptomatic people
It's due to a low supply of tests and staff.
Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, January 14
More than 11,000 cases for a second day in a row.
Mashed.com's choice for MN's best sandwich? A famous burger
Is the Juicy Lucy great? Yes. But we can't help but think some sandwiches may have been overlooked.
Boundary Waters permits available next week, but there won't be as many
The number available this year have been cut after increased visitation that's led to congestion and damage to natural resources.
Four arrested after attempted carjacking at Moorhead gas station
The incident occurred at around 3:40 p.m. at the Travel Mart in Moorhead.
App linked to bullying resurfaces in MN, prompting warning from school
The app allows users to anonymously send messages to anyone else with the app.
Hudson woman killed in crash, pickup driver possibly drunk-driving
The crash occurred at around 12:16 a.m. Thursday.
Prairie Island nuclear reactor worries tribe
The Prairie Island Indian community says the failure of two backup generators at the Prairie Island nuclear plant is "very troubling," the Rochester Post Bulletin reports. Xcel Energy shut down one of its two reactors at the plant near Red Wing on Tuesday. Xcel assured no radiation was released.
Xcel's chief nuclear officer Koehl resigns
Dennis Koehl, currently the senior vice president and chief nuclear officer of Xcel Energy has been named the CEO of the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Co. Koehl will leave in mid-September after nearly five years with the Minneapolis-based utility. The Business Journal reports an interim chief nuclear officer, responsible for the company's Prairie Island and Monticello nuclear plants, will be named soon.
Xcel Energy looks into 'unusual event' at Prairie Island nuclear plant
Officials at the Prairie Island nuclear power plant are investigating what it calls an "unusual event" after a piece of security equipment failed Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release. Xcel Energy said no radioactive material was released during the incident and there is no danger to the public or its workers.
Xcel Energy drops plan to upgrade Prairie Island nuclear power plant
Xcel Energy says spending nearly $240 million to boost the power output at its Prairie Island nuclear plant near Red Wing is no longer a beneficial deal for customers, the Star Tribune reports. The Minneapolis-based utility first raised questions with regulators about the $310 million upgrade in March.
Monticello nuclear plant shuts down
Xcel Energy says its Monticello nuclear power plant automatically shut down at 11:07 a.m. Tuesday, but officials aren't sure why and a cause is being investigated, the Pioneer Press reports. All plant safety systems were functioning, officials with the Minneapolis-based utility said. The shutdown posed no danger to the public or workers, Xcel officials said. The plant is not expected to be down long.
Federal regulators order Xcel Energy to make safety improvements at nuclear power plants
The Minneapolis-based utility needs to add more portable generators and pumps at both its Monticello and Prairie Island plants, in case of an emergency. The Pioneer Press reports the new requirements will cost between $25 million and $50 million.
Xcel Energy rethinks expansion of Prairie Island nuclear plant
The Minneapolis-based utility is asking Minnesota regulators to confirm the $310 million upgrade will benefit customers. Xcel says the project will take more time to complete and produce less power than originally thought. The company also says generating electricity with natural gas is more financially attractive because prices are at 10 year lows.
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