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Hundreds of Otter Tail County residents lose power in Wednesday morning storm

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

About 2,400 customers in a dozen towns in Otter Tail and Grant Counties lost power in the storm that blew through Wednesday morning.

Customers lost power around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Strong winds blew tree branches into a 40-kv transmission line and a number of smaller distribution lines, causing outages at several substations.

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Customers in the communities of Henning, Ottertail, Perham, Deer Creek, Foxhome, Ashby, Vergas, Fergus Falls, Battle Lake, Elbow Lake, and Dalton experienced outages lasting between 27 minutes and about 3 hours.

By noon Wednesday, Otter Tail Power Company crews had restored power on all transmission lines.

Any customer who still is without power should call Otter Tail Power Company at 800-257-4044 to report their outage.

Otter Tail Power Co. employees continue to make repairs to the electrical system to restore it to a fully operational condition.

"We remind customers to call 800-257-4044 to report damage to transmission or distribution lines and not to go near any downed wire," said Mike VanVoorhis, Fergus Falls customer service manager.

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