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Power Outage Prompts Evacuation At Minn. Ski Area

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A four-person ski lift at Duluth’s Spirit Mountain had to be evacuated after breaking down.

Renee Mattson, executive director at Spirit Mountain, tells the Duluth News Tribune that the lift broke down around 5 p.m. because of a mechanical issue. No one was hurt.

Shortly after the lift broke down, the power went out to the entire facility. The power was out for several minutes.

Minnesota Power spokeswoman Amy Rutledge says a utility crew determined the outage was not caused by the company’s equipment.

Skiers Sam and Dan Ohden said they saw stranded skiers waiting to be lowered from the lift.

The emergency evacuation comes a day after a cable derailed at the Sugarloaf resort in Maine, sending skiers plummeting 25 to 30 feet.

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