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Area briefly loses emergency phone service

From staff reports

An area of Olmsted County briefly lost phone service, including access to the 911 emergency service, this morning.

Some people with the "365" prefix for phones were out of service, Olmsted County authorities reported.

Capt. Mark Erickson of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Department said the area is apparently served by the Kasson telephone company. He said the outage started at 7:30 a.m., but he didn’t know what caused it or when the sheriff’s department became aware of it.

The Emergency Response Unit’s mobile command post was dispatched with its radio and phone service to Rock Dell Township Hall, where a squad car was also stationed. The township is in southwestern Olmsted County.

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Residents in Mower County still had phone service and 911 access.

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