Lineman in good condition, company spokeswoman says
BEMIDJI - Despite initial reports that an employee of Otter Tail Power Co. had been shocked while working on an active power line Monday morning, a representative of the company said the man had a "personal medical issue."
Beltrami County emergency management director Beryl Wernberg confirmed the man had a medical issue unrelated to his work on the line, but that police and other emergency personnel discovered symptoms similar to being shocked when they arrived on scene.
Stephanie Hoff, a spokeswoman for Otter Tail said man's name would not be released by the company due to the fact that his injury was not work-related. Police have not yet made his name available either, but Hoff said he was in good condition.
Police and other emergency personnel were called at 11:02 a.m. to the intersection of First Street East and Pershing Avenue Southeast.
A LifeFlight helicopter was sent from Nary, but was called off when paramedics arrived with the man at Sanford Medical in Bemidji.