The Free Press, Mankato, MN

August 28, 2013

Blown fuse causes outage

The Mankato Free Press

---- — MANKATO — Students on Loyola's Fitzgerald campus used cellphones to call their parents for rides home when their classes were disrupted by a power outage. The school building lost electrical power at 8:27 a.m., shortly after the seventh- and eighth-graders began their school day.

An Xcel Energy representative said a fuse blew near an overhead switch, causing power issues for about 1,628 customers in Mankato and North Mankato. He expected power to be restored soon.

The blackout, which affected downtown Mankato, caused the school's email system to shut down, a parent said. The outage caused a stoplight on Riverfront Drive and offices in Mankato Place mall to use backup power systems.

Crews were on site making repairs at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Loyola had already scheduled an early release for its seventh through 12th grade students Wednesday because of the continued high heat and humidity.