About The River

Friday, September 12, 2014

On the Road Friday ~ Xcel Energy

This summer my parents farm fields became a site of change, continued progress in America and entertainment. A new Xcel power line is in the process of going up and the old power line taken down. Our boys spent a few weeks with grandma and grandpa on the farm and also got to see some of the huge electric poles go up.
I am sharing a few photos my husband took on our personal tour given to us by our boys.

Sam driving us in Grandma's golf cart. Heading out to the fields. 
The big white marshmallows you see in the back ground are wrapped round bales of hay to feed the cows.

Heading out to the power line.

The silver poles are replaced by the new large brown poles. They are steel poles and huge. 
The power line runs along my parents farm fields.

Atticus and Grandpa got to see a large brown pole go into place. Atticus said "It was really cool, but kind of scary as the the crane took it way up high in the air, it swayed back and forth."

The silver poles are only half on one side of the top area. One section of the line is already taken down.
This area is a homemade bridge in a swampy area heading to the river.
The power line crosses the river.

 Each new pole has an I.D.

I talked to my mom the other day. She said things are busy as ever as they continue to work on the line. It has made the summer full of entertainment and creating some challenges with making hay. My mom also said that Xcel Energy has been very kind and polite regarding working on the hay fields.

Thank you for coming along today.
And a big Thank You to Xcel Energy for keeping the lights on!

Have a great weekend.


  1. Big trucks, big poles great fun for your boys. Hugs, Meredith

  2. Looks like lots of great fun for the boys. Have a great week end.

  3. They have a great piece of land...so good for your boys to see the real country life!

    Jane xx

  4. I'm thankful that the co. has been thoughtful to work with. Fun to see the photos.
    You guys have a good weekend.

  5. Looks like the boys had an interestng time. There is a section of large Edison lines that go over our river. They have to be tall enough for the huge freighters to go under. a few years back one fell into the river during a bad storm. Thankfully no one was hurt as you know what happens when electricity mixes with water. Janice

  6. Most interesting. There is a new giant power line heading thru southern MN into Wisconsin though I haven't seen it....:)

  7. I have never watched a power pole go up! It must be quite theimpressive site! The homemade bridge looks really neat :)


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