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Full service restoration in sight

July 2, 2018 - 4:30 p.m.

Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power line crews, including crews from Lake States Construction and Highline Construction, have worked diligently to restore service for 7,500 co-op members that were affected by a couple severe summer storms since Friday morning.

As of 4:30 p.m., Monday, there are currently less than 25 members without power, primarily at Eagles Nest near Ely, and other locations south and west of Ely.

Restoration closer for LCP members

July 1, 2018 – 4:30 p.m.

Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power line crews continue to make progress as they work to restore service for co-op members affected by a couple severe summer storms since Friday morning. There are currently 860 members without power.

Since Friday morning, crews have restored service for more than 6,600 members.

Restoration efforts in full force Sunday

July 1, 2018 – 11:00 a.m.

Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power line crews resumed outage restoration work at 6:00 a.m., Sunday morning, following a couple severe summer storms. Since Friday morning, crews have restored service for more than 4,900 members.

 Line crews will be working throughout the northern locations of the co-op’s service area. The Eagles Nest area near Ely took a large amount of damages from the storm. Other hard hit remote areas include Babbitt, Ely, Lake Vermilion, Orr and additional areas south of Eveleth.

Work continues through difficult restoration process

June 30, 2018 – 9:00 p.m.

Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power line crews, along with additional crews from Lake States Construction and Highline Construction, have been working all day Saturday in efforts to restore electric service following a couple severe summer storms since Friday morning.

Crews have restored service for nearly 4,500 co-op members since early Friday morning.

Crews remain working to restore outages

June 30, 2018 – 3:30 p.m.

Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power line crews continue making progress on outage restoration efforts near Ely, Cook and Orr while mourning the loss of a friend and fellow employee. An LCP lineworker collapsed and died Friday evening while crews were restoring electrical service following a severe summer storm.

The cause of death is not clear and an investigation is underway. An autopsy will be performed to help determine the cause.

Co-op mourns the loss of lineworker

June 30, 2018

Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power is mourning the loss of a co-op employee today. At approximately 6:00 p.m., Friday evening, a co-op line crew was working to restore power when a lineworker collapsed.

The cause of death is not clear and an investigation is underway. An autopsy will be performed to help determine the cause.

Efforts continue to restore service

June 29, 2018 – 3:45 p.m.

Grand Rapids, MN – More than 2,000 Lake Country Power members have power restored since this morning’s fast moving thunderstorm. Crews are working to restore service for more than 5,300 members in remote and hard hit areas. 

The majority of the outages are located in the northern areas of the cooperative’s service territory, including Lake Vermilion, Ely, Gilbert, Babbitt, Orr, with additional scattered outages across the co-op’s system. 

Fast moving morning storm causes outages

June 29, 2018 – 9:00 a.m.

Grand Rapids, MN – Friday morning’s fast moving thunderstorm is affecting electric service for more than 7,500 Lake Country Power members. Line crews are currently working to restore service at nearly 90 various outage points. Those affected are primarily north of Virginia near Side Lake, Lake Vermillion and Ely, and also throughout the Grand Rapids service area.

The storm brought 60-to-70 mile-per-hour winds, heavy rain and lightning through the western and northern edge of the co-op’s service area this morning.   

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