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RED WING, Minn. -- Prairie Island nuclear plant shut down Unit 1 after operators declared its two backup diesel generators inoperable Tuesday. Staff determined during routine testing that both generators had exhaust leaks, Xcel Energy media relations spokeswoman Mary Sandok confirmed. That deemed them inoperable, and the plant filed an incident report of the safe shutdown with the Nuclear Regulatory Plant. Prairie Island has other backup protection, including diesel generators and turbine-driven and portable pumps, the company said in the statement issued at 2:30 p.m.
Jake Goering is a CEO without a building. He's not only OK with that, he's thrilled. The ability to create something new -- including the facility to house it -- is part of what attracted him to his new job. Goering leads the newly merged Seminary Home and St. Brigid's at Hi-Park. Both Red Wing nursing homes will continue to operate until a new, integrated cutting-edge care center run by Benedictine Health System opens in late 2014. This is much more than a merger: The new facility will be connected to the local medical center.
Xcel Energy came close to breaking its single-day 9,544 megawatt usage record for the region this week as people, businesses and industries fired up air conditioners. Despite temperatures approaching 100 degrees on several days, the energy record from July 20, 2011, stands. The closest the utility came was a demand for just under 9,500 mw at one point Monday, according to unofficial records. "We've actually been managing it very well," Laura McCarten said of customer demand. The Xcel regional vice president visited the Republican Eagle office Tuesday.
The Republican Eagle has a high school intern again this year. Mikayla Cota of Red Wing will spend 10 weeks learning about the news business. Readers may have noticed her byline on several stories already. Cota, who will be a senior in the fall, has served on the school's Aerie staff for three years.
Today's edition features the third in the summer series "Living Life from the Local Bucket List." We hope local residents will take a second look at some of the spots they take for granted and that visitors consider must-sees. The series started June 13 with what we considered the obvious choice: Barn Bluff. As a site that is sacred to the Prairie Island Indian Community, that was a landmark for explorers and one of writer Henry Thoreau's favorite vistas during his visit here in the 1800s, Barn Bluff is the Red Wing area's most notable landmark.
Seminary Home and St. Brigid's at Hi-Park are one step closer to consolidating as part of a plan to create a new model for senior care in Red Wing. The boards for Fairview Red Wing Health Services and the Benedictine Health System of Duluth, Minn., signed off on the concept this week.
Community growth and how Xcel Energy -- with its multi-billion footprint in the region -- plays a role in that growth was the theme of the utility's annual Red Wing breakfast Wednesday. "We know we can only be as strong as our partner communities," said Judy Poferl, president and CEO of Northern States Power Co., an Xcel Energy company. Her opening remarks served as an annual report. She provided financial details and feel-good messages. Xcel has three facilities in Red Wing and had a $65 million payroll last year.
Fairview Red Wing Health Services will become Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing as of July 1. Thursday's announcement ended months of speculation as the community awaited word on negotiations between Fairview Red Wing, Fairview Health System and Mayo Clinic. Officials signed the agreement that morning, told staff in person and via videosteaming around noon, and then made a public announcement shortly after 1 p.m. The official statement described the agreement as tentative, because the parties must finalize details in the coming weeks.
A man drove his vehicle straight off Sorin's Bluff Friday evening and survived. The unidentified driver, who police said they don't believe is a local resident, was taken by Red Wing Ambulance to Fairview Red Wing Medical Center for evaluation. "It doesn't look like he has much injury," police supervisor Marty Kelly said. The incident began when three teens noticed a car on the disc golf course atop Memorial Park. They called non-emergency dispatch at 7:54 p.m. and reported someone was driving erratically.
If Faith in Action were a film, when the credits rolled there would be 239 stars. Those are the volunteers who deliver the nonprofit agency's services. And many of those volunteers aren't the well-known drivers who take people to church, on errands or to medical appointments. An equal number of people provide caregiver support, provide respite services, deliver library books through Book-House-Call or offer simple friendship, Executive Director Lee Neste said. The inaugural movie night fundraiser featured "Driving Miss Daisy," a natural fit, since drivers log 24,000 miles each year.