Minnesota Power: Cold Weather Caused Outage

Updated: 12/05/2013 9:52 PM
Created: 12/05/2013 5:40 PM

More than 5,000 homes and businesses lost power in East Duluth and areas north of the city late Thursday afternoon.

Minnesota Power's outage map says 5,654 customers in the Lakeside-Lester Park and Woodland neighborhoods of Duluth and parts of Lakewood and Rice Lake townships lost power just after 5 p.m.

Minnesota Power Spokesperson Amy Rutledge says the outage happened just as people were coming home from work, and turning up their heat.

She says the increased load was too much for the system and caused the outage, but doesn't think it should be a problem after this.

Power was restored to Lakeside-Lester Park within an hour, and the rest was restored a short time later.

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