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Published May 03, 2011, 03:30 PM

Most of Williston Gets Electricity Back

Montana-Dakota Utilities says it has restored power to most of its customers in Williston, and to many other cities and towns in northwest North Dakota that lost electricity in a weekend blizzard.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Montana-Dakota Utilities says it has restored power to most of its customers in Williston, and to many other cities and towns in northwest North Dakota that lost electricity in a weekend blizzard.

MDU says a few towns it serves remain without power. Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative reports that it still has about 2,000 customers in the dark.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple and National Guard commander Dave Sprynczynatyk (sprin-suh-NAT'-ik) met with emergency managers in the region on Tuesday. They say the state is gathering information for a possible presidential disaster declaration.

Saturday's storm brought heavy, wet snow and winds that gusted more than 60 mph. An estimated 30,000 people lost power. Officials say it could be a week before electricity is restored to all areas.

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