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UPDATE: Power goes out in downtown Bemidji

A power line employee works on the downed tree that caused a power outage in downtown Bemidji on Wednesday afternoon into the early evening hours. (Photo by David Quam)

BEMIDJI-- A downed tree cut electrical power for most of downtown Bemidji late Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Beltrami County Emergency Management Director Beryl Wernberg said a tree fell on power lines near the post office downtown at about 4:30 p.m. and cut power to a feeder line to Nymore as well as a line to the downtown area.

Wernberg said stoplights were also not functioning and advised motorists to exercise caution near intersections.

Power was restored at about 8:30 p.m., officials said.

Zach Kayser
Zach Kayser covers local government and city issues for the Pioneer. He previously worked for the Wadena Pioneer Journal, and is an alumni of the University of Minnesota, Morris. 
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