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Prairie Island nuclear plant's two new steam generators were on display during a community luncheon at the plant Tuesday. The generators will be installed during a refueling outage this fall. (Republican Eagle photo by Sarah Gorvin)

Xcel is moving 'full-steam ahead'

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It's been more than 13 years since Prairie Island nuclear plant has opened its doors to community members. But on Thursday, Xcel Energy invited about 100 regional community leaders to lunch on the plant's grounds.

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The reason behind the rare event was the plant's two new steam generators. The 330-ton machines were on display during the luncheon. This fall, they will replace those currently in use in Unit 2, which have been in place since the plant was built 40 years ago.

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Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.
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