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N.D. cooperatives help restore power

Line workers and equipment from five rural electric cooperatives in North Dakota traveled to Kansas to help restore power after a devastating ice storm.

Line workers and equipment from five rural electric cooperatives in North Dakota traveled to Kansas to help restore power after a devastating ice storm.

Line workers went from Cass County Electric, Kindred; Nodak Electric, Grand Forks; Burke-Divide Electric, Columbus; Kaota Valley Electric, Edgeley and Milnor; and Northern Plains Electric, Carrington and Cando.

The volunteers left Friday, taking three aerial lift trucks and a pickup to help the Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative in Ellsworth, Kan., restore power to its customers.

"We're hopeful they'll get done before Christmas," said George Berg, president and chief executive officer of Nodak Electric. "We're fairly optimistic it'll be done this weekend."

Volunteers from other states also are helping in the area. In Kansas, six deaths were blamed on the storm and about 24,000 customers remained without power Tuesday.

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