The Night the Lights Went Out in…Hand County

Posted February 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm


The evening of Thursday, Feb. 7, electricity went out in all rural areas of Hand County, as well as Hyde County and the northwest portion of Beadle County.

According to Mike Moncur, manager of the Dakota Energy Miller office, East River Electric lost power to its transmission line out of the Broadland substation. This caused Dakota Energy to lose power to the Bonilla, Miller, Polo, Highmore and Ames substations at 6:50 p.m.

East River began working on the problem and had the Bonilla and Miller substations working at 7:50 p.m. The Polo substation came on at 8 p.m. and the Highmore substation was running by 8:20 p.m. The Ames substation was nor working until 9:40 p.m.

Moncur said East River Electric was not able to determine the cause the night of the outages.

Mike Lynch, manager of cooperative communications for East River Electric, Madison, said in a telephone interview Friday that the cause still wasn’t determined.

“We planned to have a line patrol plane in the air today, but weather prevented us from doing it. We’ve been patrolling by four-wheeler today.”

He added, “With the forecast for the weekend and into Monday, it may be a while before we can discover the cause.”

In addition to the substations listed above, the power was also out at the Hyde, Gann Valley and Big Bend substations. Altogether, the outage affected some 2,600 cooperative consumers.

Janice K.Erfman|The Miller Press

Hand County was under a blizzard warning Saturday evening throughout the day Sunday. The area received in excess of eight inches of snow, a welcome sight to farmers who have been hoping for moisture before the spring planting season.