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Grand Forks power outages affect 1,200

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Grand Forks power outages affect 1,200

A series of power outages affected about 1,200 Xcel Energy customers in Grand Forks Friday morning, some of them for as long as two hours and 20 minutes.

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The largest outage, which occurred shortly before 6 a.m., affected about 1,000 customers in north Grand Forks. The area affected generally was north of DeMers Avenue and west of Washington Street, according to Mark Nisbet, Xcel spokesman.

The largest outage resulted from a downed wire, caused by ice buildup and winds that gusted to more than 40 mph, he said.

Another half dozen smaller outages had been reported in various parts of the city.

"We've got some small ones they're still working on," Nisbet said.

Three extra Xcel crews from Fargo were dispatched to Grand Forks to help restore power, he said.

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