Prairie Island

Site Information

Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant has two PWR units, located in southeastern Minnesota, 47 miles southeast of Minneapolis.

The site is owned and operated by Xcel Energy. The units were put into service in 1973 and 1974 and generate 1,041 MW.

Key Contact Information

BHI Site Manager: Barry Keele
Phone 781-783-7051,

Recruiter: Joey Melanson
800-225-0385 X1272,

Reporting Information

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  • Fill out and send in PHQ ASAP.
  • COVID protocols are in place here, so mask usage is required for everyone inside any building.
  • Sign up for a COVID test – you must have a clear test prior to anything else.
    • If you do not pass, go to your vehicle and contact me. Text is best. 781-783-7051.
    • After clear test report to CBT1 to do BHI paperwork (the people at the COVID Test trailer will tell you to go to the START trailer, but, please go to CBT1 first, we will then send you to the Start trailer).
  • With a few exceptions we will work 7 to 7 during the outage.
  • We will work 8 hour days during training with a 1/2 hour unpaid lunch.  We do not anticipate working the first weekend.  Plant staff is working on roll on schedule now.
  • We wear yellow hard hats here and they will be provided, please bring gloves and safety glasses with you.
  • Steel or composite toed shoes are required.

GPS Address

1717 Wakonade Dr, Welch, MN 55089

Directions/Link to Google Maps

Nearest Airports

Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) 40 miles

Preferred Places to Stay

Hotels near Prairie Island


Red Wing

AmericInn Lodge & Suites
1819 Old West Main St
Red Wing, MN

Country Inn & Suites
4275 Hwy 61 W
Red Wing, MN

Days Inn
955 East 7th Street
Red Wing, MN

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1919 Old W Main St
Red Wing, MN

Nichols Inn
1750 Hwy 61
Red Wing, MN

Parkway Motel
3425 Highway 61 W
Red Wing, MN

Quality Inn & Suites
752 Withers Harbor Drive
Red Wing, MN

Rodeway Inn
235 Withers Harbor Dr
Red Wing, MN

St James Hotel
406 Main Street
Red Wing, MN

Super 8
232 Withers Harbor Drive
Red Wing, MN

Treasure Island Resort & Casino
5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd
Welch, MN


Country Inn
300 33rd St West
Hastings, MN

Hastings Inn
1520 Vermillion St
Hastings, MN

Nichols Inn
2400 Vermillion St
Hastings, MN 55033


Cannon Falls Campground
30365 Oak Lane
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

Treasure Island Resort
5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd
Red Wing, MN 55066
651-388-6300, 800-222-7077



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