The Monticello nuclear power plant has been returned to full service.
Operators have temporarily shut down the Monticello nuclear power plant to replace a safety relief valve.
There are few places in Minnesota where the raw beauty of wildlife comes so close, so loud. The astonishing sight of hundreds, at times thousands, of trumpeter swans creates a stirring cacophony across the Mississippi River’s frigid waters.
Trace amounts of radioactive material have been found in air samples in St. Paul and two other locations, likely from the damaged nuclear power plants in Japan.
The U.S. has 103 nuclear reactors generating electricity in 31 states and Minnesota is home to three of them. Xcel Energy operates two at its Prairie Island facility and one in Monticello.
Denny Hecker’s former Suzuki dealership in Monticello is now void of that new car smell. But despite the large “For Sale” sign along the road, the building is hardly gathering dust.