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Minnesota Power workers contemplate a long day's work righting and re-setting power poles and lines pulled over in a freak accident Thursday afternoon. Power was restored early Friday morning. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Freak crash causes power outage in city

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Much of Park Rapids was left in the dark Thursday afternoon when a boom truck operator snagged a power line, setting off a chain reaction and causing a massive power outage in the south end of town.

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The accident, around 3:30 p.m., on Seventh Street South just off U.S. Highway 71, caused reverberations throughout the city. Businesses and homes a mile away lost power momentarily when the truck hit the line.

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