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The public will have a chance to tour the control room simulator today at the Prairie Island Training Center. Operators spend 4,000 hours of initial training there before they can be licensed for the real thing. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

Four decades of controlled power


A lot has changed at Xcel Energy’s Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant since it went online in the mid-1970s.

Upgrades at the pressurized water reactor facility have included steam generator replacements, administrative building expansions and safety improvements in the aftermath of September 11 terror attacks and the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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