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Vehicle and power line accidents can be deadly; what you need to know


Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Ask the Expert

Rushford, Minn. - With a close call locally and a fatality in Bigfork, Minn., all within a few days of each other, Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) wants to spread the word about what to do if your vehicle comes in contact with a power line.

On Tuesday, May 22 TEC crews arrived to a potentially fatal accident along Hwy. 30 west of Pilot Mound where a car hit and broke a power line pole. No one from the vehicle was at the scene. The power line was still energized when crews arrived.

“The occupants of the vehicle should consider themselves lucky to be alive,” says Brian Krambeer, TEC’s president/CEO. “Tragically, many drivers and passengers who survive a car accident involving a power line are electrocuted when they attempt to leave the vehicle. In the vast majority of cases, the safest action is to stay inside the vehicle until the local utility arrives to assure the lines are de-energized.”

Tragedy hit northern Minnesota where North Itasca Electric Cooperative, Inc., of Bigfork reported that on Friday, May 17, a vehicle hit a power line pole and a passerby who stopped to render assistance to the driver grabbed a power line that was still energized. Attempts to resuscitate the victim were unsuccessful.

What should you do if your vehicle comes in contact with a power line?

•Call or signal for help. It is safe to use a cell phone if you have one.

•Warn others who may be nearby to stay away and wait until the electric utility arrives to make sure power to the line is cut off.

•The only exception would be if fire or other danger, like the smell of gasoline, is present. In that case, the proper action is to jump – not step—with both feet hitting the ground at the same time. Jump clear. Do not allow any part of your body to touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Hop to safety keeping both feet together as you leave the area. Like the ripples of a pond or lake, the voltage diminishes the farther out it is from the source. Stepping from one voltage level to another allows the body to become a path for electricity.

•The same rules apply with situations involving farm and construction equipment that comes in contact with electric lines. Those working with large equipment should stay inside the vehicle if the equipment extensions come in contact with power lines.

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Landscape & Garden Trends for 2013

By Peggi J. Redalen

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Ask the Expert

Extending your individual style from the interior to the exterior has become a top landscape priority. From traditional shrubbery and structural lines to vintage accents from repurposed materials, anything goes in the garden to create the same comfo ..... 
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My mechanic says my car needs ball joints. Please explain.

By Tony Russel

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Ask the Expert

Ball joints are a part of your vehicle’s suspension that connects the steering knuckles to the control arms. A ball joint is essentially a flexible ball and socket that allows the suspension to move and at the same time the wheels to steer. Cars an ..... 
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What is a Content Management System (CMS)?

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Ask the Expert

As clients are looking for ways to update their websites, we have a variety of requests that we fulfill on a regular basis. Some clients want to be able to enter updates on their website on their own. For this request, we create a Content Managemen ..... 
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TItle Transfers...

By Scott Brunsvold

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Ask the Expert

Once again we need to revisit the issue of how long it takes to transfer a title in the State of Minnesota. Unlike our neighbors, Iowa & Wisconsin, where you go to the court house and walk out with a title, here in Minnesota we got to a Deputy Regist ..... 
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Does the “fiscal cliff” affect my estate plan?

By Scott Springer

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Ask the Expert

Yes! Whenever state or federal tax law changes, you should review your estate plan to insure that it takes complete advantage of your exemption limits and doesn’t cause you to suffer any penalties. Most estate planning documents take into accoun ..... 
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What happens if I should die when I’m away from home, and my family wants my funeral and burial back in my hometown?

By Gary Hoff

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Ask the Expert

I do get asked this question often, and it does occur on occasion. If a person dies while they are on vacation or away visiting friends or relatives, it is always best to have the family call their hometown funeral home first. By doing this, a famil ..... 
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Winter Berry Plants for Birds

By Peggi J. Redalen

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Ask the Expert

Elements of Design 507.864.7885 Cell 507.450.2291 peggi@eodlandscapes.com www.eodlandscapes.com Invite flocks to your backyard 'by Design' with fruit-bearing trees, shrubs and groundcovers in your landscapes. Feeding birds comes naturally with ..... 
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Why should I pre-plan my funeral?

By Gary Hoff

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Ask the Expert

Hoff Funeral & Cremation Service Rushford 864-7771 • Houston 896-3127 St. Charles 932-4100 • Lewiston 523-2277 Goodview / Winona 452-4241 www.hofffuneral.com      Pre-planning one’s funeral can seem like a daunting task. In realit ..... 
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