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Xcel Energy's falcon program celebrates milestone

Published 06/13/2009, Stillwater (Minn.) Gazette

Experts have been monitoring falcons at Xcel's King Plant for 20 years, ever since Xcel employees caught a glimpse of the rare birds nesting on the stack. At the time, there had only been three confirmed pairs of peregrines in Minnesota. Now, keeping falcon boxes at power plants is a trend that has spread throughout the world, said Patti Nystuen, an Xcel media relations representative.

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