MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A pesky rodent is being blamed for a power outage Tuesday afternoon that impacted many Benton County residents, according to the sheriff’s office.

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East Central Energy says a squirrel caused the outage sometime in the 3 p.m. hour, though it is not clear how the outage actually occurred.

The sheriff’s office says power was expected to return within an hour of the outage’s start.