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June 2, 2014

MRES workers to arrive June 9

Lake Red Rock — The first wave of workers coming to the area for the purpose of building a new hydroelectric power plant at Lake Red Rock is expected to arrive Monday, June 9. 

Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) is planning to build hydroelectric generators and equipment to the existing Red Rock Dam. The project is expected to be completed in 2018. MRES is an organization of 61 member municipalities in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. MRES supplies its members with wholesale electricity and a wide range of energy-related services.

MRES Spokesman Bill Radio tells the Chronicle that a "handful" of workers are expected to arrive to begin receiving materials for the project and coordinating with local officials for construction infrastructure needs. These workers, with Ames Construction of Burnsvile, Minn., the contractor awarded the project in March, are expected to move into the Marion County area. 

Radio added that MRES is hopeful that significant construction on the project will be done by early August, but the company is still awaiting some approvals. 

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