DALTON, Minn. — Power crews in Otter Tail County are working all-nighters and getting help from out of town companies. A storm that brought tornadoes last night knocked out power to thousands of people.

Several dozen power line poles were knocked over by Wednesday night's storm. Because of the tornado, they're getting extra help from Wadena and Alexandria power workers. For more than a week, the linemen have been battling a series of storms, strong winds and outages.

Ethan Kern, a lineman for Lake Region Electric Cooperative, worked 60 hours of overtime since last Wednesday on top of his regular 40. He says it has been a long time since they had storm damage this bad. They spent the day getting heavy machinery hooked up to damaged poles, popping them out and putting new ones in.

Just hours after the Wednesday evening tornado, they had to deal with yet another storm in the early morning hours. Kern believes about 6,000 people lost power that night. By lunchtime on Thursday, July 9, they were down to about 300 outages.

"My wife even said last night, when we heard we were getting some more help and she's like, oh thank goodness," Kern said. "Because I came home and I looked like a mess she said. She said you could definitely tell you were wore down and so it's great that they can have some extra guys that they can spare and we're pretty grateful."

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Workers do not know when the power grid will be back to normal. They hope to have most people back online by Thursday night.