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Strong winds knock out power to thousands

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MINOCQUA (WAOW) -- The strong winds that moved in to the Northwoods area were nothing new to the owner of the Black Bear Bar and Grill.

"It's a gamble. With the Northwoods, the wind, that's our worst enemy," Wisnosky said.

 The power went out at Dane Wisnosky's business overnight on Tuesday, which for a restaurant meant closing up shop.

 "This morning, lost probably a couple thousand dollars in sales on our breakfast."

 Not only that, but he had to send home employees, and postpone food deliveries to the bar.

 "Oh yes, I was turning people away this morning saying 'power's out'. And it's not often you pull in here and we have an empty lot," Wisnosky said.

At one point, Wisconsin Public Service says between 10 and 15 thousand customers were in the dark.

 Leah VanZile says crews have been working around the clock to restore power to those customers, even bringing in crews from out of town to help out.

 "It's really been kind of a cat and mouse, a catch up game, trying to play with the wind. Until those winds subside, we will continue to get power outage calls," said VanZile.

 Wisnosky said power has since been restored, and business is back up and running, but worries the winds will pick up again.

 "Well, we've called in the extra staff, to put away the food orders, that normally were delivered in the morning, and business is usual back to it," Wisnosky said.

Wisconsin Public Service said it hopes to restore power to all of its customers by Wednesday night. Officials remind people to stay away from downed powerlines.

 Online Reporter: Courtney Fasano

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