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Power Restored to 10,000 Crow Wing Power Members

Web posted June 28, 2022
Power was restored to the last remaining Crow Wing Power members just before midnight, Wednesday, day two of the second major storm of the season.

The task of restoring power to over 10,000 members who were out of power at the peak of the Monday night storm was aided by 32 outside power line and tree removal contractors.

Highland Construction out of Paynesville sent 20 men, Todd Wadena Electric Cooperative offered three line workers and nine came from Skyline Utilities in Brainerd.

Monday’s storm was quick and destructive, leaving a wake of uprooted trees, broken poles and downed power lines in its path. According to Crow Wing Power, this storm made it apparent that Mother Nature had pushed the limit of patience for a number of people based on conversations with some frustrated members. For many, this was the second time they were without power for an extended period of time in just 20 days. This storm mimicked the Memorial Day one that left 11,000 people without electricity, after strong damaging winds left a swath of destruction in nearly the same geographic area. The majority of the power line destruction and outages with this storm affected Baxter and Brainerd and stretched north to Longville and east to Outing, where damage was extensive.

The power company anticipates more power outages will occur as weakened trees and branches fall and indicated that storm clean-up will continue for days.

The Operations Department noted that this year the mosquitos, wood ticks and deer flies are out in full force, making the field workers’ restoration efforts more difficult.

Scott Bowers, Facility Manager said “It was rewarding to see inside and outside employees all pitching in like it was second nature – due to the trial run from the Memorial Day storm.”

“We also want to give a big shout out to Mike Scofield owner of Chef Mike’s catering that provided hot meals to fuel the workers on early mornings and late evenings,” said Bowers and added, “Once again Walmart provided much appreciated water and Gatorade for crews.” Char Kinzer, Public Relations Manager said, “We are very grateful for the overwhelming messages of support and understanding from Cooperative members and for the patience people showed for enduring lengthy periods of time without electricity."

Crow Wing Power serves nearly 40,000 cooperative members in Crow Wing, Cass, Morrison and Todd counties.

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