Despite Regretful Public Tone About Coal Creek Station Closure, Behind the Scenes Executives Were Spiking the Football


MINOT, N.D. — Today hundreds of North Dakotans, employees of Great River Energy, went home from work to talk with their families about the uncertain future of their jobs.

This at a time when, both in North Dakota and nationally, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a spike in unemployment.

The cause of the bad news was the announced intention to close Coal Creek Station, North Dakota’s largest coal-fired power plant, unless a buyer for it can be found.

But even as the corporate messaging from Great River stroke a sorrowful tone about the closure, behind the scenes the atmosphere was more jubilant.

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