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Drill to test state response in nuclear emergency

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- It might look like a nuclear emergency near Monticello, Minn., on Wednesday, but it's just a drill.

State and local emergency responders are testing their ability to handle a nuclear emergency at Xcel Energy's Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant northwest of the Twin Cities.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is telling nearby residents not to be alarmed.

The drill will test the response of government agencies including the state's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The drill runs through Thursday at the plant and surrounding areas in Sherburne and Wright counties. A similar exercise is planned in August.

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