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05/12/2017

A POWER OUTAGE IN THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING FRIDAY BLACKED OUT MUCH OF THE CITY OF FAIRMONT. THE OUTAGE TOOK PLACE FOR THE MOST PART BETWEEN 1 AND 3 AM. MARTY MEIXELL ELECTRIC SUPERINTENDENT FOR FAIRMONT PUBLIC UTILITIES SAID CREWS WERE OUT TRYING TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE . UPON FURTHER REVIEW IT APPEARS AS THOUGH IT IS SUSPECTED A RACCOON OR ANOTHER "CRITTER" SOMEHOW GOT INTO A LINE FEED AT THE EAST CHAIN SUBSTATION THAT CAUSED A RIPPLE EFFECT ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE FAIRMONT POWER PLANT AND EVIDENTLY TRIPPED A BREAKER THERE. MARTY MEIXELL SAID THE INCIDENT WAS HIGHLY UNUSUAL AND SHOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED AND MORE RESEARCH WILL BE DONE.

ROD HALVORSEN
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