News Releases

LCP crews making progress restoring power

4:30 p.m. Update, Sunday, November 20, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, MN – Lake Country Power members are still digging out from Friday’s storm and LCP line crews are making progress restoring widespread outages across its rural electric service area. More than 1,800 members have seen service restored today and less than 1,700 co-op members remain without power at this time.

Overall, more than 8,000 co-op consumers were affected by Friday’s blizzard that dumped up to 24 inches of heavy wet snow across the heart of the Iron Range.

LCP advising members to seek safety and warmth during outage

8:30 p.m. Update, Nov. 19, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, MN – Soft ground and access to power lines remain the key issues in the quest to restore electric service for Lake Country Power members. As a result, the rural electric co-op is advising members without power to seek alternatives to stay warm tonight.

LCP crews have restored power to more than 4,500 members since heavy, wet snow and strong winds toppled trees and branches onto power lines throughout the co-op’s rural service area. LCP is reporting 3,400 members without service tonight.

Additional crews help restore electricity in rural areas

4:30 p.m. Update, November 19, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, MN – Line crews are making progress restoring electricity across northern Minnesota today, but Lake Country Power is advising members without service to make contingency plans to stay warm tonight. The electric cooperative has all available field personnel and outside contractors working to restore electric service, but expects it will be tomorrow before power is fully restored for remote areas and some individual service locations.

Reinforcements helping turn lights back on in rural areas

11:30 a.m. Update, Nov. 19, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, MN – Access remains the biggest issue today as Lake Country Power line crews continue power restoration efforts across parts of eight counties in northern Minnesota. Most rural roads are now clear, but soft, wet soil under 12 to 18 inches of snow is making access for linemen, lift trucks and heavy equipment challenging.    

Winter’s fury leaves access to rural areas limited, slows outage restoration

8:30 p.m. Update, Nov. 18, 2016

Lake Country Power line crews have been working into the evening restoring power for thousands of electric co-op consumers throughout northern Minnesota. Crews will be back on the line at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow to restore remaining outages.

Nearly 8,000 members remain without power across the co-op’s mostly rural 11,000 square-mile service territory. Limited visibility and poor conditions have made travel difficult along county roads and highways, which has slowed progress.

Crews working in white-outs

4:00 p.m. Update, Nov. 18, 2016

Grand Rapids, MN – The number of Lake Country Power members without electric service is growing this afternoon — going from 900 members this late-morning to more than 6,000 members this late afternoon. Today’s winter storm continues to dump heavy, wet snow across the co-op’s service area. Wind speeds are steady at 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 mph, causing trees to blow onto power lines.

Winter blast causing outages

11:15 a.m. Update, Nov. 18, 2016

Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power line crews are currently working to restore 18 different power outages during today’s strong winter storm.  

Nearly 900 Lake Country Power members are without power. The outages are weather related due to the season’s first winter blast that’s bringing heavy snowfall and high wind gusts. Trees and limbs are blowing onto power lines, and since the ground isn’t frozen some trees are taking down lines.