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Published December 08, 2013, 02:53 PM

Shelter opened during North Dakota power outage

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Several oil patch towns in McKenzie County lost power during below-freezing temperatures, leaving more than 1,700 people in the cold.

By: Associated Press, WDAY

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Several oil patch towns in McKenzie County lost power during below-freezing temperatures, leaving more than 1,700 people in the cold.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that the Montana-Dakota Utilities system outage affected towns including Watford City, Arnegard and Alexander on Friday night and early Saturday morning.

MDU spokesman Mark Hanson says the problem originated at a Watford City substation, where a piece of equipment failed in the cold.

McKenzie County emergency manager Jerry Samuelson says a community center building in Watford City opened for anyone who needed safety from the frigid temps.

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