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Morning SF power outages affect local businesses

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It was lights out for thousands in Sioux Falls, early Monday morning. Xcel Energy says an equipment malfunction caused nearly 8,600 customers to lose power. That has since been restored throughout the day.  

"This is the first time this has ever happened in my 14 years with Bagel Boy. No power at 5:00 a.m. is trouble. Most of the guys are here at 4:00 for a 6:00 open," owner Mike Dinsmore said. 

Mike Dinsmore says with nearly 6 hours tint he dark, there's not much he and his employees can do.

"We had some croissants baked, cookies, and then boom, power shut down. That means we had nothing. Can't even brew a cup of coffee," Dinsmore said. 

From 6:00 a.m. on, he was forced to turn customers away.

Same goes for Hy-Vee along Minnesota Avenue near 37th Street. Photos show employees working quickly to salvage the product they could to keep it cold.

A power outage is bad news for any restaurant. And any loss in product could mean a big loss financially. 

"Safety is number one. I test the temperatures everyday, blow out the compressors. That's priority number 1. We are dealing with a fresh product," he said. 

But thankfully, right before noon, lights were back just in time for lunch.

Bagel Boy keeps their coolers at a chilly 40 degrees Fahrenheit to make sure everything stays fresh and cold. If the power was out any longer, they would have had to throw out nearly everything baked, refrigerated and freshly made and potentially kept business closed for the rest of the day. 

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