Brief power outage hits Lake Elmo

About 206 Xcel Energy customers in parts of Lake Elmo and Oakdale lost power for a short time Thursday evening, according to an Xcel Energy spokesman.

“It was a momentary outage which is enough to make you change all your clocks back but the power comes on within a minute,” said utility spokesman Tom Hoen.

Hoen said the power outage apparently occurred when a tree branch became tangled in a power line. Power was restored to the affected areas a short time after power was lost around 5:40 p.m. Thursday.