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Gilby loses power in below-zero temps

As temperatures dropped to 14 degrees below zero, or 39 degrees below with wind chill factored in, the city of Gilby, N.D., lost power for 30 minutes late Thursday.

As temperatures dropped to 14 degrees below zero, or 39 degrees below with wind chill factored in, the city of Gilby, N.D., lost power for 30 minutes late Thursday.

A Grand Forks County Deputy called in the outage at about 10:20 p.m. while driving through town on patrol.

An Otter Tail Power employee briefly stopped by Cliff's Lounge in Gilby. "They told us it'll be back on in 20 minutes to half an hour. Maybe around 11 o'clock," said Fran Johnston, who started managing the bar a few months ago.

It was a fairly busy night, and patrons decided to stick around, sitting by the light of kerosene lanterns. "What better place to wait out a power outage?" Johnston said. She said the building was pretty warm before the outage, so they all stayed warm. The power came back on at 10:50 p.m.

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