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Published April 10, 2013, 05:06 PM

Xcel sending workers to help in cold-stricken South Dakota

Sioux Falls, SD (WDAY TV) - Xcel has sent workers from Minnesota and North Dakota to South Dakota to help out.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Sioux Falls, SD (WDAY TV) - Xcel has sent workers from Minnesota and North Dakota to South Dakota to help out.

Three two-man Crews from Fargo and one from Grand Forks are there now. These power outages have been caused by the ice storm that snapped trees and downed power lines. Xcel officials say without the extra crews repair work would take months.

Mark Nisbet, Xcel Energy: “We balance the needs of the local communities with the fact that when we needed help after the Memorial Day windstorm we got it from all across our system, so it's a balancing act, but we think that we have sent the right amount of crews to get them on within that time frame.”

Power should be restored by tomorrow night. Power is also out for thousands of people in the Worthington area of southwestern Minnesota. Gov. Dayton is calling out the National Guard since the storm has caused widespread power outages and dangerous travel conditions.

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