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Fire causes power outages reported in Dunn County

Montana-Dakota Utilities workers try to fix a downed power line east of Dunn Center on Wednesday afternoon.

A fire about six miles east of Dunn Center along Highway 200 led to multiple power outages in Dunn County on Wednesday morning.

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Denise Brew, the county’s emergency manager, said there were outages to nearly every community in Dunn County, which is served by Montana-Dakota Utilities, Roughrider Electric Cooperative and McKenzie Electric Cooperative.

“We had a couple of poles that were burned and a wire that went down,” said MDU Resources spokesman Mark Hanson, though he didn’t know the cause of the fire.

Brew said the fire burned about 30 to 35 acres and affected some power poles. The fire was fueled by a 30 to 40 mph wind as temperatures reached into the 70s for the first time this year.

“They did stop it, which is a miracle,” she said.

Hanson said power was restored to MDU customers by 1:50 p.m.

MDU customers in Killdeer, Dunn Center and Werner were without power and Brew said the entire city of Manning, which is served by Roughrider, was also down.

Leonard Hibl, director of key accounts for Roughrider Electric, said the lines connecting cities and different areas are interspersed despite being served by both utility providers.

He said Roughrider “switched some stuff around,” to get power back to its customers.

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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