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Power restored in Conger after outages

Published 3:40pm Saturday, February 22, 2014

CONGER — Residents of Conger spent Thursday evening without power, but by Friday afternoon power was restored.

The community was one of several Alliant Energy-supplied places without power overnight Thursday during a strong snowstorm that dumped almost 7 inches of snow on Albert Lea.

Alliant Energy communities without power Thursday were Amboy, Conger, Garden City, Vernon Center, Frost, Wykoff and Fillmore.

A spokesman said all of the communities had power by mid-morning Friday except Conger and Frost.

Galloping power lines caused the original outage in Conger, he said, then wind caused a break and a fire. Crews had to return to fix the break.

He said repair crews were out all night and had trouble navigating roads, at times looking out the side windows. By Friday evening, customers in Freeborn, Faribault, Fillmore and Mower counties had power once again.

Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services, which serves rural residents mainly in Freeborn and Mower counties, also had crews out all night. A spokeswoman said one crew was stuck in a drift and had to wait for the snowplow to come.

She said the energy provider hoped to restore power to all properties by Friday.

She said almost 2,000 Freeborn-Mower customers were without power at one point Thursday night.

The company’s website said 944 were without power as of 11 a.m. Friday. By 8 p.m., 450 were without power. Some customers spent Friday night without power, too.

By 2 p.m Saturday, 220 were without power.

“We thank our members for their patience and understanding while our line crew works diligently during this widespread outage,” the company said in a message to the press.