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Published November 14, 2011, 12:38 PM

UPDATED: Widespread outage caused by 'transmission-level' event

FARGO – The widespread outage that left nearly 55,000 Fargo-area customers without power for about 30 minutes today was caused by a problem at the transmission level, an Xcel Energy official says.

FARGO – The widespread outage that left nearly 55,000 Fargo-area customers without power for about 30 minutes today was caused by a problem at the transmission level, an Xcel Energy official says.

Dave Sederquist, manager of regulatory affairs for Xcel, said the failure, which is being investigated, took down a pair of distribution centers until electricity was restored at 12:54 p.m.

Sederquist said more than 47,000 Xcel customers were without power for 33 minutes.

Cass County Electric Cooperative also reported that 7,100 customers lost power in south Fargo, mostly west of Interstate 29 and south of 13th Avenue South, said Carrie Carney, a Cass County Electric spokeswoman.

Carney said the outages were related.

Power wasn't interrupted in Moorhead, according to a news release from Moorhead Public Service.

Sederquist said it would be at least a couple hours before Xcel officials would know what went wrong.

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