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Power restored to Verndale

Minnesota Power staff troubleshoot the transformers at the substation to the north of Hwy 10 in Verndale Wednesday afternoon. Power went out around 1 p.m. and was expected to be back on after 5 p.m. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal

Minnesota Power experienced a power outage in the city of Verndale starting at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, affecting about 338 customers as well as the Verndale Public School.

Power was restored to the community at 6:45 p.m. according to Amy Rutledge, Minnesota Power's manager of corporate communications.

Minnesota Power workers were on site at the substation to the north of Hwy 10 and said, at about 2:30 p.m., that they were troubleshooting at the site, with no obvious problems seen at first surveying the station.

After further review, it appeared that workers needed to replace the equipment with a new transformer, according to Rutledge. Knowing that they would have to retrieve the new equipment, restoration took longer than normal, Rutledge said.

While the power was out, school remained in session with little change in pace, according to Superintendent Paul Brownlow.