MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy has lifted its appeal for conservation for most customers after three natural gas pipelines were knocked out by an explosion in Canada.

The Minneapolis-based utility says progress continues Monday on restoring normal natural gas transmission service to parts of its territory in the Upper Midwest.

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Xcel says natural gas is once again flowing to the region in one of two pipelines shut down for inspection Saturday after a third pipeline was ruptured in an explosion south of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Xcel has lifted its request to turn down the thermostat for customers in Minnesota and North Dakota. Xcel senior vice president Kent Larson says a conservation appeal should be lifted for customers in western Wisconsin later Monday.

The call for conservation came just as much of the territory confronted another stretch of bitter cold.

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