Itasca-Mantrap working to fix power outages

The goal is to restore power to all customers by sometime tonight.

The snow that fell Thursday night and early Friday was heavy and wet. Similar to the storm in December of 2022 pictured here, it broke off tree limbs. This recent storm also caused icing on some lines. Crews from Itasca Mantrap Electric Cooperative have been busy working to restore power to the 54 members affected.
Contributed / Itasca Mantrap Electric Cooperative

Wet heavy snow left 54 members without power in the Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association service area.

Some outages occurred Thursday night and others Friday morning.

Services manager Nikki Torkelson said the eight separate outages that led to loss of power for the 54 customers affected were scattered throughout the service area.

“There are some in the Potato Lake area, the Smokey Hills area near Osage, near Island Lake and a couple of small ones in the Nevis area,” she said. “There are also some scattered throughout the area we serve. The heavy snow is bringing limbs down on lines. Ice had also formed on some lines and that and the heavy snow build up is causing those lines to knock together causing outages as well. We have all our crews out now and are hoping to have power restored to everyone by this evening.”

In an earlier interview, Torkelson urged caution around downed trees and power lines.


“Stay away from any downed power lines,” she said. “Call us if you come across one. Never touch a tree that’s touching a live line. The tree can transfer power to you if it’s on a downed line. That could be a hazard.”

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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