The Xcel Energy Center, also known as "The X," opened in downtown St. Paul in 2000. This 18,064 capacity arena is a state-of-the-art facility mainly used for hockey. It is the home to the Minnesota Wild NHL franchise and professional lacrosse team the Minnesota Swarm. The WCHA Final Five is also held here on a regular basis, as well as the MSHSL tournament. In recent news, it was the site of the 2008 Republican National Convention which drew visitors from around the country.

Xcel Energy transmission line work to start in St. Louis Park

Xcel Energy transmission line work is starting in late August and helicopter activity is expected.

From late August to mid-September, Xcel Energy will be conducting transmission line work along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad and the North Cedar Lake Regional Trail in St. Louis Park.

The transmission line work involves replacing top non-energized shield wire on the existing transmission line between the Aldrich (in Minneapolis) and St. Louis Park substations. Some poles will be accessed with a crane or bucket truck. Many poles will be access by helicopter. Helicopters will make separate trips of a few minutes to each pole for unclipping wire, pulling in new wire and reclipping new wire. Helicopters will not fly over adjacent houses and have all necessary FAA permits/approvals for the work. Landowners near the transmission line work have been notified by Xcel Energy.

The North Cedar Lake Regional Trail will remain open throughout this work; however, there may be delays to trail traffic throughout the project. Flaggers will be in place. Trail users should be prepared to stop and follow their directions, and use caution while crews are working.

View a map of the transmission line project area.

View the North Cedar Lake Trail map.

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