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Minnesota Power Thomson Hydro Station Repairs Nearly Finished


DULUTH, MN (KDAL) - The Minnesota Power Thomson Hydro Station sustained major damage during the flood in 2012.  The nearly 10 inches of rain that fell on the St. Louis River watershed over a 24 hour period on June 19th of 2012 swamped the six Thomson turbines, over-topped the reservoir and breached a portion of the dike at a forebay that fed water into the generating station.  Minnesota Power estimates the cost of reconstruction and improvements at the Thomson facility at about 90 million dollars.  Engineers anticipate that one of the six turbines will be operational early this summer and the rest should be back online by the end of the year.