Storm knocks out power to 1,239 in area

Severe weather knocked out power to 1,239 Connexus Energy customers in the Princeton area for about an hour Monday evening, March 19, before crews restored their electricity.

The customers affected were in the townships of Baldwin, Spencer Brook, Princeton and Wyanett, said Don Haller, vice president of member services for Connexus. There were actually two power outages and both were from high winds blowing over trees that contacted power lines in the Baldwin area, Haller said.

The first outage occurred at 8 p.m. and was in the area of 317th Avenue and 127th Street NW, and that shut down the Connexus substation near the Baldwin Town Hall. Power was restored at 9:06 p.m., according to Haller.

The second outage began at 8:31 p.m. and was from a tree contacting a power line at 305th Avenue and Sherburne County Road 1. Crews also dealt with that tree and restored power at 9:37 p.m. to customers affected by that, Haller said. The first outage took out power for 408 customers and the second one shut down power at 831 customer locations to make the total of 1,239 Connexus customers losing power for about an hour.