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Power outage affects Duluth antenna farm; TV stations knocked off air

A power outage in the vicinity of Duluth's antenna farm Saturday evening affected about 30 Minnesota Power customers, knocking some local TV and radio stations off the air.

A power outage in the vicinity of Duluth's antenna farm Saturday evening affected about 30 Minnesota Power customers, knocking some local TV and radio stations off the air.

"We're out of power," said Maarja Anderson, a WDIO-TV reporter, just before the 6 p.m. news time. "Our phones are ringing off the wall."

The outage, which was fixed shortly after 7:15 p.m., also affected the over-the-air signals of television stations KDLH and KBJR, though they remained available via cable. Some local radio stations also were knocked offline. While Duluth radio and TV stations have studios in various locations around town, most stations' antennas are clustered in the antenna farm where the power outage occurred.

Television stations KQDS and WDSE appeared to not be affected by the outage.

Minnesota Power spokeswoman Amy Rutledge said Saturday evening that the outage began at 5:23 p.m. The cause was a failed regulator which controls voltage, Rutledge said.

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