Work progresses on the site of a future power distribution center for Northern States Power Company, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, off CTH Q in New Auburn. Visible beyond are railroad ties, stacked in pyramids, waiting to be installed as part of a rail yard to serve Chippewa Sand Company. Construction on both projects, which began in the fall, continue in spite of cold weather with a completion date anticipated in the spring. According to village documents, a second track running parallel to the existing track will cross CTH Q and curve west to the rail yard, which will be used to store rail cars. A maintenance building is also planned for the site. The power station will increase electricity distribution capacity and improve the reliability of service in the area, according to village documents.
Barry Hoff | Bloomer Advance