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Xcel Energy ends outage at Prairie Island nuclear plant

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RED WING, Minn. -- The Prairie Island nuclear plant returned to full power at 2 a.m. Monday, wrapping up a project that brought hundreds of extra employees to the area.

Two new steam generators were installed during a refueling and maintenance outage that began Sept. 21, Xcel Energy said Monday. A third of the fuel rods were replaced, along with Unit 2’s 40-year-old steam generators.

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