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Jim McKay, fuel and logistics manager for Great River Energy, stands on the walkway of the coal conveyor belt at Spiritwood Station Friday and overlooks the area where coal is unloaded from specially designed covered rail cars. John M. Steiner/The Sun

Spiritwood Station online; Plant is first new coal-fired generating plant in N.D. in more than 30 years

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SPIRITWOOD, N.D. — The fires have been lit, and the turbines are spinning on the first new coal-fired electrical generating plant to go online in North Dakota in more than 30 years, according to Bill Wahlman, leader of plant operations and maintenance at the Great River Energy’s Spiritwood Station.

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