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Failed backup substation causes power outage

WILLMAR -- A backup substation system installed at the Willmar Municipal Utilities power plant failed at about 9:37 p.m. Wednesday and shut down the power plant and customers connected to the substation, said Wesley Hompe, utility interim co-manager.

He said Rice Hospital, the downtown area, and parts of the east side and north side were without power for not more than 1½ hours.

Hompe said repairs continue on the backup system, which the utility will return to service next week.