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Power has been restored throughout Ellsworth

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A squirrel tripping a power line is believed to have been the cause of the power outage that affected most of Ellsworth Tuesday afternoon.

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An Xcel Energy customer spokesperson said power went out in most businesses and homes serviced by Xcel Energy around 2:30 p.m., except those serviced by Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services and the county buildings, which used backup generators. Power was back on shortly after 4 p.m.

Ellsworth schools were let out a bit early after the warning lights came on.

The spokesperson also said around 1,400 customers were affected and Ellsworth was the only reported outage area.

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