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Published October 16, 2009, 03:16 PM

Snow knocks out power in Fort Ransom

Fort Ransom, ND (WDAY TV) - Power outages in October, that's what some people in Fort Ransom dealt with for half of the day. Thanks to about two inches of heavy, wet, slushy snow that fell over night, the small town is already feeling the fingertips of old man winter.

By: Christina Vaughn, WDAY

Fort Ransom, ND (WDAY TV) - Power outages in October, that's what some people in Fort Ransom dealt with for half of the day. Thanks to about two inches of heavy, wet, slushy snow that fell over night, the small town is already feeling the fingertips of old man winter.

It was 12:30 this afternoon before crews from Cass County Electric were able to restore power to people in Fort Ransom. The outage affected an entire road of homes on the west side of the Sheyenne River. Dale Bachman was one of the homeowners who lost power; it went out around 11:30 last night.

“Well it was beautiful when I came, but it changed in a hurry.”

To top it all off, Bachman just got back from Phoenix yesterday, he says this winter weather is lousy welcome home present.

“But everything is fine, I've got electric heat, and it's still nice inside.”

This is some of the heaviest snow people have seen around here in a long time, and not only is it an inconvenience, but it's also causing yard work for a lot of people.

“It was such a wet buildup, on the trees, and they just, too much weight for them.”

Broken branches from a young maple tree and an old oak are sitting in Robert and Helen Billing's back yard today, even though they're stuck with clean up duty now, they were the only home on the road that didn't lose power.

The couple's hoping this first snow, so early in the season, isn't a forecast of what's to come this winter.

“It's the first time I've seen it this heavy, and this early, so I don't like it!”

One of the areas without power was the Fort Ransom school. It was cancelled today, because of the problem.

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