FARMINGTON, Minn. (2:00 p.m., June 19, 2012) — Dakota Electric Association crews continue to make great progress on the widespread outages. Approximately 500 are still without power, down from a high of more than 10,000. All of these should be restored by nightfall with some possibly lingering into the next day.

Member who are currently still out of power are urged to call Dakota Electric’s outage line again: 651-463-6201. This will assure that Dakota Electric knows about your outage, even if you called in earlier.

Dakota Electric thanks everyone for their patience during this large outage.

For updates, members may check the company’s website (www.dakotaelectric.com), “Like” Dakota Electric on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dakotaelectric ) or follow them on Twitter (@DakotaElec)

Dakota Electric reminds the public to stay away from downed power lines, and call the outage line to report safety hazards or power outages: 651-463-6201.