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Equipment failure blamed for power outage


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IRONWOOD — An equipment failure in Ironwood led to a power outage over much of the region miday Monday.

An Xcel Energy map showed there were 26 outages in the area affecting 8,574 customers from Saxon and Gurney in Iron County, Wisconsin in the west, to Berglund in Ontonagon County to the east, and much of the Upper Peninsula communities to the south.

“We had equipment failure in our Ironwood substation,” said Christine Ouellette, senior media relations representative with Xcel Energy’s Michigan and Wisconsin office in Eau Claire. “Around 8,500 cu...