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Xcel outage helps fuel Red Wing, Minn., economy

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RED WING, Minn. -- Hundreds of extra workers are flooding the area as the refueling outage at Xcel Energy’s Prairie Island nuclear plant gets underway.

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Work at Unit 2 began at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, according to Xcel.

During the outage, about 1,500 contractors will help plant staff install two new steam generators, replace a third of the unit’s fuel and perform other maintenance.

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