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Storm shows need for backup power at Bemidji Fire Department

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BEMIDJI – The Bemidji Fire Department has been in need of a backup generator for years, but the July 2 windstorm showed how urgent that need was.


During that storm, straight-line winds in excess of 80 mph knocked down thousands of trees and numerous power lines in the region. The fire station downtown was without power for five to six hours, said Fire Chief Dave Hoefer.

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John Hageman
John Hageman covers local business and Grand Forks' legislative delegation. Get more business news at 
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