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Ice build-up causes outages

Bill Thoennes cuts through the snowy, icy sidewalk on Alexandria's Broadway between Fourth and Fifth Avenue Monday afternoon. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)

Monday's ice storm is taking a toll on overhead power lines.

Runestone Electric Association reported a large transmission outage Monday morning that lasted for about one hour. It left approximately 1,200 accounts without power.

"We have no control of transmission issues, so thankfully the power was restored quickly," said Sue Lundeen, manager of member services for the association.

Other than the transmission outage, Runestone Electric Association has had only two individual outages affecting two accounts.

"Weather like this — strong winds and ice — is how we justify spending millions of dollars to keep our right-of-ways clear of trees and today it is paying off," Lundeen said. "We're hoping the wind will settle down before other issues arise with ice building up on powerlines."

As of Monday noon, Alexandria Light and Power Utilities did not have any outages.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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