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Shortly after power was restored to the area, a man waits inside the lobby for the doors to be unlocked at the downtown location of Wells Fargo during a huge power outage that hit most of Fargo on Monday over the noon hour. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Widespread outage caused by 'transmission-level' event

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Shortly after power was restored to the area, a man waits inside the lobby for the doors to be unlocked at the downtown location of Wells Fargo during a huge power outage that hit most of Fargo on Monday over the noon hour. Dave Wallis / The Forum

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FARGO - A widespread outage that left nearly 55,000 Fargo-area customers without power for about 30 minutes Monday was caused by a problem at the transmission level, an Xcel Energy official says.

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