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Power outage leaves 2,600 in the dark after car crash

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By Sarah Smith

Twenty-six hundred people were without power Sunday night after a car hit a power pole on Highway 34, setting off a chain reaction throughout Hubbard County.


The power pole belonged to Minnesota Power and was on the intersection of Hubbard County 4 and Highway 34.

That pole feeds the Mantrap substation on County Roads 4 and 40, which are serviced by Itasca-Mantrap.

The 95-minute power outage affected 2,600 users, said Itasca-Mantrap CEO Mike Monsrud.

The man who hit the power pole was taken by ambulance to CHI St. Joseph’s Health in Park Rapids. The crash occurred around 9:30 p.m.

Another power outage lasting 72 minutes was caused by an osprey nest shorting a line near the Long Lake Theater.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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