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Manitoba Honors Minnesota Power, SWL&P for Help after Storm

Linemen from Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power helped repair damage from October storms in Manitoba. Linemen from Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power helped repair damage from October storms in Manitoba. |  Photo: Minnesota Power

Updated: December 19, 2019 04:15 PM

Manitoba's electric utility has honored Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power employees for helping them repair widespread damage from an October storm that knocked out power to tens of thousands of people.

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The Oct. 11-13 storm was so destructive that Manitoba Hydro had to make its first-ever request for mutual aid from other utilities.  Minnesota Power and SWL&P sent 14 linemen to Manitoba, and crews from Ontario and Saskatchewan also responded to the call.

The linemen were recently recognized at a roundtable and recognition event at Manitoba Hydro headquarters in Winnipeg.  Tim Laeupple, manager of line operations for Minnesota Power, and Dean Erdman, line crew supervisor, represented the company at the event.

"Mutual aid response is a hallmark of the energy industry and whether in Florida and Puerto Rico in 2017 and 2018 or Manitoba this year, the expertise, work ethic and good humor of our teams speak to our reputation as a trusted partner when it comes to getting the lights back on," said Bethany Owen, President of Minnesota Power and SWL&P parent company Allete, in a news release.

Following the storm, more than 1,000 people replaced over 4,000 poles and re-strung nearly 600 miles (965 kilometers) of power lines.

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