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While electricity is restored, long-term repairs could take a year WORTHINGTON — It’s been nearly a month since ice-coated power lines caused thousands of wooden poles to snap and transmission structures to tumble, yet a drive through the countryside shows the massive amount of restoration work yet to be done.
Members of the Grand Prairie Rockets 4-H Club serve supper to the linemen who have been helping restore power to Nobles Cooperative Electric members Wednesday night at the co-op office north of Worthington.
1 p.m. Wednesday update:
WORTHINGTON – Crews from Nobles Cooperative Electric, neighboring cooperatives, contractors and tree trimmers are continuing to make steady progress in restoring power. Workers will continue until all members are fully restored.
JACKSON – Federated Rural Electric in Jackson turned on the last residential meter Monday night with line crews done by 7 p.m. with residential outage restoration. At the peak of Federated’s ice storm outages were as high as 2,200 in Jackson County.
WORTHINGTON — As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nobles Cooperative Electric reported just 587 households without power. At the height of the outages following last week’s ice storm, more than 3,500 members were without power.
WORTHINGTON — Rural Ellsworth cattle producer and veterinarian Erin deKoning was pretty happy to get home from work Monday to see power was finally restored to her family’s farm. After last Tuesday’s ice storm, it didn’t take long for the family’s beef cows to realize the hotwire fence used to keep them in their yard was no longer working.
9 a.m. press release:
JACKSON – Federated Rural Electric in Jackson is on the home stretch with outages remaining to about 75 members. At the peak of Federated’s ice storm last week it was as high as 2,200 in Jackson County.
Electricity returns for many in southwest Minnesota WORTHINGTON — Nobles Cooperative Electric linemen continued to work through the weekend to rebuild power lines across Nobles and Murray counties, with the hope that many or all who lost electricity would get it back by the end of this week.
9:45 a.m. Sunday press release:
WORTHINGTON -– We are making progress! Yesterday, Nobles Cooperative Electric estimated that 2,500 members were without power, today those numbers show dramatic improvement with 2,000 members out of power. The cooperative can now report that 95 percent of our three-phase (main) line is restored.
8 a.m. Sunday update
JACKSON -- 530 Federated members had power restored Saturday.
“We are down from 800 co-op members without power yesterday to 270 as of 7 a.m. Sunday,” said Joe Marthaler, Federated’s operations manager. “Today’s focus involves crews rebuilding 21 miles of power lines due to downed poles. To give you an idea of how many poles that is, some stretches have 16 out of 20 poles downed per mile of line.”
2:30 p.m. updated press release from Nobles Cooperative Electric:
WORTHINGTON – Nobles Cooperative Electric is happy to report that all substations have power with the exception of Bloom Substation. Bloom is anticipated to be up and functioning by this evening.
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