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Lightning appears to strike the Aerial Lift Bridge early Tuesday morning but more likely struck Lake Superior beyond the bridge where a flash is visible on the water. Lift bridge personnel reported no lightning strike to the structure and no issue with power outages as has occurred in the past with lightning strokes. Photo by Cary Schmies

Thousands lose power as storm rolls across Northland

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Minnesota Power started to see storm-related power outages even before its customers’ calls began rolling in late Monday.

“We get an email when a feeder locks out,” said John Muehlbauer, a Minnesota Power line operations superintendent. “We can’t tell why it’s out, but we had a good indication last night. Crews are out sometimes even before a customer calls us.”
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