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Xcel Energy is planning to remove the Minnesota Falls dam located on the Minnesota River downstream of Granite Falls. It provided a reservoir of cooling water for a coal-fired power plant that is no longer operated. Submitted

Plans to remove vintage dam pose costly dilemma


GRANITE FALLS -- Plans by Xcel Energy to remove a dam of 1905 vintage on the Minnesota River present a costly dilemma for an area ethanol producer.

An engineering study estimates it will cost Granite Falls Energy $2 million to modify its water intake system at the site of the Minnesota Falls dam if the dam is removed.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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