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Snow, ice on meter causes minor gas leak, evacuation in Bemidji

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BEMIDJI -- While warmer weather was welcomed by most area residents Wednesday, it also resulted in the closing of two businesses following a gas leak in downtown Bemidji.

Runoff from ice melting on the roof of Iverson Corner Drug came into contact with a gas meter already covered with snow plowed on top of it, said Minnesota Energy Resources spokeswoman Pam Sarvela. That caused a valve attached to the meter to leak, and shut down the business for five hours Wednesday.

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