Thousands Lose Power in Duluth, Superior

Updated: 12/04/2013 10:45 PM
Created: 12/04/2013 3:28 PM

Thousands of homes and businesses in Duluth, Superior and Sturgeon Lake lost power Wednesday afternoon.

More than 1,200 homes and businesses in Duluth's Norton Park, Riverside, Smithville, and Morgan Park neighborhoods lost power at about 5:30 p.m., according to Minnesota Power's outage map.  Restoration was estimated for 8 p.m.

Spirit Mountain employees said the power outage forced them to close early, and there were still skiers and snowboarders on the chairlift when it happened. A generator was used to get the chairlift going again. Those at the bottom of the hill were brough back up by snowmobiles.

The Superior outage began at about 2:20 p.m. and affected about 3,000 homes and businesses in the Billings Park, central, and East End neighborhoods, including Tower Avenue.  Superior Water, Light, and Power spokesperson Amy Rutledge said the outage may have been weather-related.

Rutledge said power had been restored to almost all customers by 5:15 p.m.  Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital-Superior was among the customers that had lost power.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 homes and businesses lost power in the Sturgeon Lake area around 2:30 p.m.  Minnesota Power said service had been restored by 4 p.m.

Front Page

  • Special Report: Pattie's Journey

    A local woman shares her journey in the fight against breast cancer.  She's sharing the struggle of letting go of what she can't control and reclaiming what cancer strips away.

  • E-Cigarette Business Booming as FDA Proposes New Regulations

    Regulating the sale and use of electronic cigarettes is the goal of new rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration Thursday. If approved, e-cigarette sales would be banned to people under age 18, a warning label would be placed on the devices, and manufacturers would be required to tell the FDA what's in their products.

  • Cancellations & Closures

    We've received a few event cancellations due to the snow.  To have your event added to the list, email

  • Gregory Arthur Thurston Man Missing in Itasca Co.

    Itasca County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in finding a missing man, Gregory Arthur Thurston.  The 51-year-old man was last seen around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday on foot in rural Bigfork near County Road 52.

  • Dining Out for Life in Duluth

    Eating at one of a half-dozen Duluth restaurants today can help Minnesotans living with HIV/AIDS.  The "Dining Out for Life" event raises money for the Aliveness Project.


Winter Weather Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Carlton, South St. Louis
Expires: 4/25/2014 12:00 AM

Winter Storm Warning

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Southern Lake, North Shore
Expires: 4/25/2014 7:00 AM

Winter Weather Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Central St. Louis; Koochiching; North St. Louis
Expires: 4/25/2014 7:00 AM

Winter Storm Warning

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Northern Cook, Northern Lake; Southern Cook, North Shore
Expires: 4/25/2014 12:00 PM

Flood Warning

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Aitkin; Crow Wing
Expires: 3/31/2014 7:00 PM