GRANITE FALLS, Minn. (AP) -- The body of an Xcel Energy contract worker who apparently fell from a dam into the Minnesota River near Granite Falls has been recovered.

The man's wife, Deb Stich, tells the West Central Tribune (http://bit.ly/o4qdxW) that the body of 50-year-old Tom Stich of Rush City was found Friday morning downstream from the dam.

Stich apparently fell off the dam around 1 p.m. Wednesday as he was removing logs and debris that had plugged a gate on the dam, which once held a hydroelectric generator.

Xcel Energy and local emergency responders have been searching for the man ever since. Tom Stich's life jacket was found about 100 yards downstream from where he was believed to have fallen in.