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The Night the Lights Went Out in Fergus Falls

The Night the Lights Went Out in Fergus Falls

In the early morning hours of September 24th, 1909, Ben Snyder was sleeping in the power house of the Fergus Falls City Light Station, a hydroelectric power station on the Ottertail River near Fergus Falls. On-duty was a second man, N.P. Johnson. At 4:20 in the morning, a rumble awakened Snyder, and he noticed the lights flickering and water splashing onto the platform of the dam, which was barely a year old. He immediately recognized that something was seriously wrong, alerted N.P. Johnson, and as the floor trembled, the two men fled up the riverbank.

An article published by the Little Falls Herald on October 1st, 1909 described what happened next:

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