Thousands of Bismarck homes without power Friday afternoon

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BISMARCK, N.D. - More than 3,000 homes in Bismarck were without power Friday afternoon. The affected areas were south of I-94 and east of State Street.

A Montana-Dakota Utilities spokesperson says a substation in the area went down after a squirrel damaged an insulator.

Bismarck Public Schools says it impacted Miller and Pioneer Elementary Schools and Simle Middle School, including school phones. And some businesses were also in the dark.

"It's really boring, we can't sell gas. Any other transactions, we're lucky we got battery back-up for the tills so we can do cash sales," said Mike Cooper, cashier.

Power was restored around 3 p.m.