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Westby, Rushford among towns losing power during late winter storm



One of the southern Minnesota power poles knocked down on Thursday by a mix of high winds and heavy ice

Storms throughout the Coulee Region have left several communities without electricity, for at least part of Thursday.

Most of the city of Westby lost power around 6 o’clock this morning, apparently because of ice on one line that normally provided power to three sub-stations.

About 2000 co-op customers lost electricity, in an area between Sparta and Viroqua.

Winds and storms cut power to some southern Minnesota towns as well.

Rushford and Lewiston are among the communities served by ITC that experienced outages because of broken power poles.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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