(Hutchinson, MN)--Xcel Energy demolished its coal plant Thursday morning. The plant has been located on the Minnesota River east of Granite Falls since the 1930s. Highway 212 was briefly closed during the implosion which was conducted by Veit demolition. Xcel Energy reportedly contracted with Veit to dismantle the plant. The Minnesota Valley plant was originally built in 1930, and expanded in 1953. The coal-fired plant generated 75 megawatts of energy. It was retired in 2009.
It only took about 15 seconds for the whole structure to fall. Xcel Energy and Granite Falls city officials honored the history of the iconic coal plant and employees and retirees who operated it.
The plant produced electricity for farms and towns between the Twin Cities and Sioux Falls, South Dakota from the 1930s through the '90s.