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Associated Press, Published April 11 2013

SW Minn. might not get power back until next week

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — The spring snowstorm has piled on to the headaches of the southwest corner of Minnesota, where communities are still struggling to restore power following an ice storm earlier in the week. Officials say it may be early next week before electricity is restored to everyone.

Six to 8 inches of wet snow fell early Thursday on top of the ice that Mother Nature laid down on Nobles and Jackson counties Tuesday night, which snapped most of the main high-voltage transmission lines that feed the area.

Rick Burud, general manager of Worthington-based Nobles Cooperative Electric, says that's left the region with no outside sources of power. About 5,000 customers in Nobles and Jackson counties remain in the dark, while Worthington is limping along with an emergency generator and rolling blackouts.

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