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Electrical problem means no math problems today for YME students

GRANITE FALLS -- School officials in the Yellow Medicine East district are hopeful of fixing the electrical problem that forced the cancellation of classes today, and resuming normal school activities on Thursday.

The district cancelled classes today due to a power outage in the Bert Raney Elementary school in Granite Falls.

The district will know sometime this afternoon if the problem can be fixed in time to allow classes to resume as usual on Thursday, according to Superintendent Al Stoeckman.

The superintendent said the elementary school building lost power when a power line shorted out, causing circuits to trip and cutting electrical power to the building. The problem occurred Tuesday, and by 10 p.m. the district began notifying students that classes would not be held today.

School faculty and staff reported as usual and met in the high school building, which has power.

The district installed new electrical services to its school buildings as part of a major renovation project this summer.

One of the power lines running inside the elementary building was apparently nicked during the construction work. Had the line been cut rather than nicked, the problem would have been readily discovered and corrected with minimal disruption, said the superintendent. The larger electrical load that occurs when school is in session led the nicked line to short and trigger safety circuit breakers.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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