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1/30/2014 3:00:00 PM
Plow damages communications pole in Minocqua
A Town of Minocqua plow truck struck a communications pole early Thursday morning next to The Lakeland Times office in downtown Minocqua. The pole will be replaced by Frontier, but it's not known whether the town will be responsible for the replacement costs.Photo by Jonathan Anderson

A Town of Minocqua plow truck struck a communications pole early Thursday morning next to The Lakeland Times office in downtown Minocqua. The pole will be replaced by Frontier, but it's not known whether the town will be responsible for the replacement costs.

Photo by Jonathan Anderson

The communications pole that was damaged by a Town of Minocqua plow truck early Thursday morning.
Jonathan Anderson photograph
The communications pole that was damaged by a Town of Minocqua plow truck early Thursday morning.

Jonathan Anderson photograph

A plow truck in the town of Minocqua damaged a communications pole around 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

The pole is located near the intersection of Chippewa Street and East Milwaukee Street next to The Lakeland Times office.

Town Public Works Director Butch Welch said the truck was pushing snow into the center of Milwaukee Street in preparation for the arrival of a snow blower that was to remove the accumulated snow from the street. Welch said that in the course of plowing snow from the intersection, the truck’s driver hit a large build up of snow, causing the truck’s rear to slide into the pole.

Someone from Frontier Communications assessed the pole after the incident, according to Welch.

Steven Jones, central and northern Wisconsin general manager for Frontier, said the pole is not in danger of falling. He said crews will likely replace the pole Friday; driving conditions were too treacherous Thursday for the work, he said.

No communications service outages have been reported, and Jones said he expected service to remain online during the repair process.

“We do this all the time,” Jones said.

Welch said Thursday afternoon that he did not know whether the town would have to pay for any repair work.

Jonathan Anderson may be reached at janderson@lakelandtimes.com







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