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Thousands without power Tuesday

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Power outages Tuesday affected more than 6,500 customers, mainly west of Duluth.

Lake Country Power crews were able to restore power to about 3,400 customers as of 7:15 p.m., and about 3,100 Minnesota Power customers also had their power restored during the evening.

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On Tuesday afternoon, Minnesota Power and Lake Country Power reported several major outages from the Hermantown, Pike Lake, Grand Lake and Esko areas west along U.S. Highway 2 to Floodwood. Another outage was reported near Hibbing.

One of Lake Country Power’s large transformers at Great River Energy’s Four Corners substation near Duluth tripped offline at 4 p.m., according to a Lake Country Power statement. The loss of the transformer affected service for more than 3,400 Lake Country Power members at the Brandon, Gowan, Grand Lake and Solway substations. Great River Energy’s crews were able to change the essential piece of equipment to restore electric service at 7:15 p.m.

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