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Since late Monday evening, Wisconsin Public Service has restored power to more than 81,000 customers.

WPS spokesperson Matt Cullen says they continue to bring in additional crews to restore power. He says if the severe winds subside, they expect to restore the majority of customers in the Minocqua, Rhinelander and Eagle River areas sometime on Friday. Eagle River has been the hardest hit area in the Northwoods.

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Year two of a project to put more than 1,000 miles of power lines underground has begun by Wisconsin Public Service.

Authorities still aren’t sure what caused a power outage in Gogebic County, Michigan, that left almost 3000 residents without electricity. 

The outage happened at about 6 pm on Friday, affecting the entire city of Wakefield as well as Bessemer and nearby areas.   

As Gogebic County Emergency Manager James Loper describes, two warming shelters were set up in response to the outages. 

“One in Bessmer for Friday night, and then we opened the municipal building in Wakefield. We had approximately 35-40 people take advantage to warm up, get something to eat.” 

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Wisconsin Public Service employees from the Northwoods are among the crew members heading to Flint, Michigan to restore power.

Southern Michigan all the way to the east coast was hit with icing conditions last weekend, leading to millions of people without power.

WPS spokesperson Lisa Prunty says some of the crew members heading to lower Michigan are from the Northwoods...