Toppled tree causes power outage

The Post-Bulletin

A power outage Sunday affected residents from Lewiston to Harmony.

The outage also affected municipal power suppliers in Preston, Lanesboro and Whalan, according to Tri-County Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Rushford. Those three communities feed off the affected line, which is owned by Dairyland Power Cooperative of La Crosse, Wis.

"High winds toppled an elm tree onto a transmission line," said Brenda Tesch, director of public relations for Tri-County. That knocked out power to customers of Tri-County and the three municipal suppliers.

The outage began in Fillmore County about 4:20 p.m., a spokesman for the county sheriff’s department said. Crews restored service to about 1,200 Tri-County customers by 6 p.m., Tesch said. She was unsure how many municipal customers, who get their power from the community power suppliers, were affected.

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