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City, county, state conduct nuclear plant emergency drill

Multiple organizations from Red Wing, Goodhue County and the state conducted a nuclear plant emergency drill Tuesday.

It's something done every two years "as a way of updating processes and issues that may have developed," city emergency management director Roger Hand said after the drill.

Representatives from area organizations -- including Red Wing School District, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Prairie Island Indian Community, Xcel Energy, Red Wing Police, Goodhue County Sheriff's Office and others -- gathered at the Emergency Operations Center in Red Wing at about 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.

They went through the processes they would follow if there really was a nuclear emergency. In coming weeks, recommendations from representatives and activity logs kept by them will be evaluated, Hand said.

"It went very well," Hand said of the drill.