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Power out in Industrial Park area

Portions of the Industrial Park, including the Bemidji Pioneer, are enduring a power outage this afternoon. It was not immediately clear how many businesses were affected.

Construction crews working on the state Highway 197 reconstruction project apparently damaged a power pole in the area, which caused businesses to lose power. The incident was reported at 2:52 p.m.

Traffic along 197 also had to be diverted for a short time as the power lines were obstructing traffic lanes.