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Power restored in Park Rapids following morning outage

Power crews were busy restoring electricity to Park Rapids Friday morning. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

A switch gear that shorted out near U.S. Highway 71 caused a 2½ hour power outage for much of Park Rapids Friday morning.

Minnesota Power spokes person Amy Rutlage said power went off around 9:20 a.m., affecting the whole town.

Power was briefly restored shortly after 10 a.m. but the gear tripped again 15 minutes later.

Rutlage said residential power was restored to customers at 11:10 when a fuse blew at Sixth Avenue South half a block off Highway 71. The loud explosion brought people from their homes to the area and blacked out the neighborhood again.

Businesses on the edges of town that hadn't been affected by the power outage were momentarily without electricity when the fuse blew.

Power was restored again within minutes, Rut-lage said, and the rest of Park Rapids town was back on power by 11:45 a.m.

Crews were still working to restore power at the Lamb Weston RDO potato plant south of Park Rapids.

Rutlage said 2,400 customers were affected.

Sarah Smith

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

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