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White Earth Village without power several hours Tuesday morning

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WHITE EARTH - Residents in White Earth Village were left without power for several hours Tuesday morning after a main power line blew, according to the tribal public relations office.

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Heavy plastic sheeting covering one side of a new community center that is under construction was apparently moved by strong winds and wrapped around a main power line, causing a small explosion and loss of power to residences and tribal government buildings, including tribal headquarters. The incident was witnessed by a tribal police officer.

It was reported at 7:06 a.m. and power was restored about 9:30 a.m., according to the tribal public relations office. Later that morning, power was turned off again for about 10 minutes while workers made sure a main power line was securely anchored. No one was hurt in the incident.

About 500 Xcel Energy customers in Glyndon were affected by a power outage late Tuesday afternoon.

The outage was discovered at 4:55 p.m., leaving customers with partial or total outages, said Bonnie Lund, an Xcel spokeswoman.

Crews were working to restore power to affected customers Tuesday evening and it was unknown what caused the outage, she said.

A power outage Tuesday morning also affected parts of southern Clay County, including city and rural residents in the Comstock, Sabin and Wolverton, area, county Emergency Manager Matt Siiro said.

Xcel Energy indicated it could take three to four hours to restore electricity, Siiro said. The outage was reported before 7 a.m. -- DL Newspapers and The Forum staff reports

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