Thousands in the Northland without power after second wave of storms

Crews had not finished restoring power in Bemidji and parts of the Iron Range after Monday night's storm when a follow-up storm lashed the area on Wednesday. Now several thousand customers are without power in cities including Grand Rapids, Bemidji, Mountain Iron, and Deer River. Officials say it could take as long as three days to get the electricity back on.
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Crews had not finished restoring power in Bemidji and parts of the Iron Range after Monday night's storm when a follow-up storm lashed the area on Wednesday. Now several thousand customers are without power in cities including Grand Rapids, Bemidji, Mountain Iron, and Deer River. Officials say it could take as long as three days to get the electricity back on.

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