- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Electric companies and cooperatives say they’re making progress in restoring electricity to customers in the wake of early Monday storms in central and eastern South Dakota.

Xcel Energy said Tuesday morning that it had restored power to more than 6,000 of the 8,000 customers who lost it in eastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota. The utility sent crews from North Dakota and Minnesota to help out.

Numerous electric co-ops also were working to restore power, with many customers already having the lights back on.

The South Dakota Rural Electric Association says co-ops reported hundreds of downed power poles from the storm.

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