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Brief Power Outage Traced To Large Bird

(North Platte, NE)  --  Municipal Light and Water officials are scratching their heads after a power outage in North Platte left as many as four thousand residents without power yesterday.  The culprit?  A large bird that apparently flew into an electrical transmission line a little before 11 a.m.  Officials say that prompted a circuit breaker to pop at the Nebraska Public Power District substation between the city and Lake Maloney.  Power was restored within about 20 minutes.