Farm equipment takes out power

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KIMT News 3 – More than a thousand residents were without power in southern Minnesota Wednesday, but not because of weather. Instead, a run-in with some farm equipment is to blame.

Around 5 p.m. Wednesday, a farmer hooked a guy-wire, or the wire that runs into the ground from the pole.

It impacted two substations near Rose Creek and London.

That meant power was out for more than 1,200 people in southern Mower County and a bit of southeastern Freeborn County and it was a relatively quick fix.

“When it snapped, it went up into the line and shorted the line out, so crews had to go out and switch some lines around and untangle the mess, if you will, of the guy wire into the phase wire,” said Jim Krueger, President and CEO of Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services.

He said it is a reminder to the farmers hitting the fields to be aware of their surroundings.

“This is not uncommon for us to have happen in the spring and again in the fall when there’s planting and harvest going that, the equipment is so big and sometimes our stuff is in the fields and it gets in the way,” Krueger said.

Everything has been fixed, but he said they will be keeping their eyes on the sky Thursday night and will be ready to respond if needed.

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