Benson City Manager Rob Wolfington said a problem with Great River Energy (GRE) outside of Benson caused an outage in the city for nearly 15 minutes this morning.
Just after 11 a.m. the power went out and both residences and businesses in the town were dark, leaving many to scratch their heads after a city announcement earlier this week warned of power glitches possible on Monday or Friday of this week.
Wolfington said the power company is looking into causes for the outage, but no word has been received as yet. He explained that a surge of some sort opened up the city's breakers.
After doing the usual safety check with city personnel and GRE, the city's back-up power was turned on and provided power once again.
Around 2:30 p.m. today the city is again experiencing flickers in the power, but it has not gone out.