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FARGO, N.D. — Xcel Energy expects the shortage of natural gas cause caused by a pipeline explosion to ease as early as tonight.

The picture should clarify by this afternoon, but as of Sunday night Xcel expected the shortage to ease by tonight, when one of three affected pipelines is expected to return to service, said Mark Nisbet, Xcel’s principal North Dakota manager.

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Patrick Springer
Patrick Springer first joined the reporting staff of The Forum in 1985. He can be reached by calling 701-241-5522. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to