Update: After about 300 Wisconsin Public Service customers lost power this morning in Minocqua and Woodruff, power has been restored for the majority.
According to the WPS website, there were 245 Minocqua customers and another 40 in Woodruff who were without power just before noon today – that included one-half of the Lakeland Union High School campus.
Dave Arnold, director of buildings and grounds at Lakeland Union High School, said power went out on the east side of the school building just before noon today, Friday, April 11.
The high school has backup generators and Arnold indicated that the east side generators were running at full tilt to keep the power at the school up and running.
While other businesses located along and to the north of the intersection of the U.S. Highway 51 and Highway 70 West in Minocqua have lost power over the past week, this was the first time for the high school, according to Arnold.
According to Cat Koceja, the produce manager at Wildberry Market, located on the east side of Hwy. 51 just north of the Hwy. 51 and Hwy. 70 intersection, the power went out just after 11:30 a.m.
Koceja said that like the high school, half of the market’s building was without power.
They lost power to all but one of their coolers in the kitchen, including the walk-in cooler. Most of the lights were also lost.
“Fortunately, the register and computer still have power,” Koceja said. “We called WPS and they said it could be three hours before we have power back, but of course they are just guessing.”
However, that estimate turned out to be off. After power was restored much sooner than the three hours that WPS told Koceja, other reports indicated that the failure of two lightning arrestors had caused the outage.
In addition, big businesses such as Wal-Mart, the Marshfield Clinic and Trig's were all also affected by the outage.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will report any updates as soon as they become available.
For more information about power outages, visit the WPS website at http://www.wisconsinpublicservice.com/outagesummary/view/outagegrid.aspx