Power Plant Tours
The 2017 tour has not been scheduled as of yet. Watch your Northern Lights or check back next Spring for next year's dates.
On the first day, we will tour Minnkota Power’s control center and print shop in Grand Forks. From there we will make our way to see the Ashtabula Wind Energy Center, where a portion of our wind energy is generated. The wind towers at Ashtabula are 250 feet tall with 120-foot blades. We will end our first day with a presentation and banquet dinner at the beautiful Baymont Inn & Suites in Mandan, N.D. We encourage you to bring your swimsuit if you’d like to enjoy the pool and water slide.
The second day we will visit the Milton R. Young Station near Center, N.D., where most of our electricity is generated. This will also include a tour of the BNI Coal open pit mines where machines strip the coal and then reclaim the land so it can once again be used for agriculture. Weather permitting, this is also where we get to see the huge electric drag line Liberty up close, with its 300-foot boom and 70-cubic-yard bucket, which is used to remove the overburden soil from the coal. After a stop for lunch at the Square Butte Creek Golf Club House, we will make our way to the Garrison Dam and tour the hydro-electric plant.
On the third day, we will take a guided tour of Fort Mandan and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, at Washburn, N.D. After a stop in Carrington, N.D. for lunch, we will make our way back to Bemidji.
The cost to members for the three day trip is $100 per person or $175 per double occupancy, which covers the bus, hotel, tours and all meals.
Members who have not been on this trip in the past are encouraged to go.