Girl Scouts visit Monticello nuclear plant training center


The annual Girl Scout Nuclear Science and Technology Day at the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant’s training facility at 2100 W. River St. In Monticello was hosted by Women in Nuclear Saturday, Sept. 21.  Julie Weber, a plant control room supervisor and Women in Nuclear member, was lead organizer for the daylong education event. A total of 82 Girl Scouts and 33 parents attended the event, which featured troops from Monticello, Big Lake, St. Cloud, Rockford, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Farmington and Rochester. According to Weber, last Saturday’s event was the  second time the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant has hosted an event of this size and the third time Xcel Energy has conducted the event. The utility will host activity day again next year in March at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant in Red Wing and May and September at Monticello. Simulator Operations Instructor Chris Peterson briefs a group of Girl Scouts during their simulator visit.
(Photo by Tim Hennagir)