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Paul Cronemiller, who retired more than two months ago, returned to work this week as a linesman with Beltrami Electric Cooperative to help restore power to the area. Bethany Wesley | Bemidji Pioneer

Working overtime: Area workers put in long hours following storm

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BEMIDJI - Three years ago, Wayne Petersen retired after 44 years as a linesman, having spent 34 years with Beltrami Electric Cooperative.

This week, though, he was back on the job, called in to help restore power to the area following Monday's powerful storm.

"I kind of expected it," he said Thursday, while working south of Bemidji.

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