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April 16, 2018 06:16 PM

Ellsworth Residents Finally Have Power After 4 Day Blackout

Ellsworth, MN

Ellsworth finally has power after a four day outage following this weekend's bad weather. 

The power turned back on at around 5:15 p.m. Monday, after being out since Friday. 

Strong winds damaged around 70 poles, and crews weren't able to make it out in the blizzard to repair the lines. As a result, the town has been running on generators since Friday. 

"Our guys are working as fast as they can to get the line back up, and the line should be coming in hot tonight," Line Supervisor Brian Postma said.

The town's fire station served as home base for those who needed a place to stay warm. Mayor Tasha Domeyer, who's also an emergency medical technician, has spent the past four nights there in case someone needs help.

"You do it. That's why you're here, that's what living in a small town means," Domeyer said. 

"That's right, for many reasons, that's the only reason you live in a small town, they take care of the old people they do," Bill and Jean Deutsch said.  

Nine of the town's seniors stayed at the nursing home, riding out the outage, including the Deutschs. 

"Too cold! It's too cold at home. We're hoping the pipes ain't freezing!" Bill said. 

Bill and Jean, married for 65 years appreciate their stay at Parkview Manor. But they're not quite ready to move in permanently

"We’re going to go home, before we come back, yet," Bill Deutsch said. 

They're happy to finally be heading home after an unexpected return to winter.

As of 6 p.m. Monday, a few outages remained in South Dakota.
 
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