Power outage hits our area

Conrad and an area from here to Dutton were without power for almost four hours on Sunday.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., just when many were settling in front of TVs for football games, the lights went out, and stayed out.

Claudia Rapkoch, a community communications director for NorthWestern Energy, told the I-O on Monday that the outage was caused when a bird flew into a substation in Conrad.

She noted that while there is animal protection up, if there is a way, birds can find a way to get around it. Or, in this case, into it.

Power was restored a little earlier to Dutton and Brady, about 1:20 p.m. with Conrad getting power about 2 p.m.