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Man killed while working to restore power outages in northern Minnesota

Damaging winds brought down power lines all over northern Minnesota.

A man was killed on the job Friday as he worked to restore power in a rural area of northern Minnesota. 

According to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, a 33-year-old man employed by Lake Country Power died while working on a power outage near the town of Orr. 

The report says the man was electrocuted, and despite extensive efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The man's identity has not been released and authorities are investigating the case. 

Lake Country Power, headquartered in Grand Rapids, said that more than 7,500 customers in its coverage area lost power due to fast-moving, severe storms that produced 60-70 mph winds Friday morning. 

Line crews reported trees on power lines, downed power lines and broken poles, with areas in and around Lake Vermilion, Ely, Gilbert, Babbitt and Orr getting hit the hardest. 

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