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February 17, 2018
Erica Dischino / Tribune
Stores line the street of downtown Benson. The loss of the power plant's 45 jobs will represent a significant loss to the city of Benson, according to a recent study by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, although the study did not look at the ripple effects to businesses in the community. The city is hopeful for new economic development to fully replace the jobs and tax base lost.
Benson aims to replace loss with new industry
February 17, 2018 - 5:15am
July 2, 2017
Carolyn Lange / Tribune

Crews prepare Wednesday to demobilize at the Aurora solar project site near Paynesville. Owned by Enel Green Power North America, the Paynesville site was one of the last of the project's 16 sites to go online and start producing power in June.
Sun power on tap: Aurora solar project including Atwater, Paynesville sites producing power
July 2, 2017 - 7:42pm
Crews were getting ready to demobilize Tuesday at the Aurora Solar project site near Paynesville. Owned by Enel Green Power North America, the Paynesville site was one of the last of the project's 16 sites to go online. Carolyn Lange / Forum News Service)
Sun power on tap: Minnesota solar project complete and producing renewable energy
July 2, 2017 - 5:02pm
December 28, 2015
MnDOT, Xcel share tips on staying safe during winter storms
December 28, 2015 - 5:42pm
October 15, 2012
Carl Ohliger of Granite Falls was among residents voicing objections to plans by Xcel Energy to remove the Minnesota Falls dam during a tour of the site Thursday sponsored by Clean Up the River Environment. "The state has more money than the dam is worth. What noise level (will it take) to stop this?'' he asked.
Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny
Xcel expects 107-year-old Minnesota Falls dam to be removed by end of year
October 15, 2012 - 12:00am
October 4, 2011
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has determined that an environmental impact statement will not be required on plans by Xcel Energy to remove the Minnesota Falls dam on the Minnesota River south of Granite Falls. (Tribune file photo)
DNR says further environmental study not required for Minnesota Falls dam removal
October 4, 2011 - 12:00am
August 12, 2011
Family and friends of Tom Stich wait Friday afternoon outside the location of the Minnesota Falls dam. Stich's body was located in the Minnesota River Friday morning after apparently falling off the Minnesota Falls dam about 1 p.m. Wednesday. Tribune photo by Susan Lunneborg
Missing worker's body has been located downstream from the Minnesota Falls dam
August 12, 2011 - 12:30pm
Crews searching for the body of Thomas Stich focus their efforts Thursday below Xcel Energy's Minnesota Falls dam on the Minnesota River. Stich fell off a deck on the dam Wednesday. His life jacket was found about 100 yards downstream. Submitted
Worker still missing after apparent fall from dam on Minn. River dam
August 12, 2011 - 8:00am
June 29, 2011
Yellow Medicine County will pursue discussions aimed at the possible transfer of the Minnesota Falls dam from Xcel Energy to public ownership. Xcel intends to remove the 105-year-old dam next year. Tribune file photo
Public ownership of Minnesota Falls dam?
June 29, 2011 - 12:00am
January 31, 2011
Tracey Olson, CEO of Granite Falls En-ergy, makes a point at Friday's meeting on the Minnesota Falls dam. Tribune photo by Tom Chervey
Saving Granite Falls dam will be an upstream battle; solutions laborious so far
January 31, 2011 - 9:00am
September 17, 2010
The Minnesota Falls dam constructed in 1905 and is at the point where major repairs are needed. An engineering study estimates it's cheaper to remove the dam.
Xcel planning to remove large dam; upstream water users say they're worried
September 17, 2010 - 12:00am
December 1, 2009
CAPX route plan attracts a little bit of resistance
December 1, 2009 - 12:00am
October 5, 2009
Xcel Energy is looking at the possibility of removing its Minnesota Falls dam on the Minnesota River. The dam was built in 1905 to house one of the state's earliest hydroelectric facilities. It also provided a reservoir of cooling water for a coal-fired power plant built in the 1930s. Tribune photo
Xcel Energy taps Minnesota River dam for removal
October 5, 2009 - 12:00am
April 13, 2009
Fallen wire sparks fires at two homes in Atwater
April 13, 2009 - 12:00am
March 11, 2009
Blomkest residents had cold night without electricity
March 11, 2009 - 11:56am