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Minnesota Power, a division of ALLETE Inc., says it expects to have its largest hydro station, which has been out of commission due to flooding one year ago, partially back in operation by the end of this year and fully restored in 2014.

Major repairs are under way at the company's Thomson Hydro Station on the lower St. Louis River in Jay Cooke Park. The 106-year-old hydroelectric plant has been out of service since June 20, 2012, after as much as 10 inches of rain fell in the region, causing flash floods in some areas and longer-term flooding in others.

Minnesota Power says the Thomson facility, capable of generating 72 MW, is the largest hydro facility in the state and an important part of the company's EnergyForward strategy, which calls for a balanced, less carbon-intensive energy portfolio.



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