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Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

Dickinson residents north of 21st Street may have slept through a power outage that occurred early Friday morning, due to a tripped breaker in the New Hradec Substation caused by a cable fault.

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Roughrider Electric Cooperative, the utility that covers that area of town, received a call just before 4 a.m. Friday reporting a power outage and workers were dispatched to repair the cable fault, said Leonard Hibl, spokesman for Roughrider Electric Cooperative.

Power was restored to all 414 affected customers by 5:15 a.m., Hibl said.

"We have underground power lines in that area," Hibl said. "We've had lightning recently with the storms going through; it can also be from age deterioration. Nothing was discovered that anybody dug into it."

In July, there were 66 reported outages with 12 outages caused by the weather and eight caused by the public. That compares with 104 outages for July 2011, with the weather accounting for 50 of the outages, and the public for five.

"We haven't had a lot of thunderstorms this year," Hibl said.

Roughrider provides service in Billings, Dunn, Mercer, Oliver and Stark counties, and maintains and operates about 5,300 miles of distribution and transmission lines.

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