Outdoor Safety

  • Never touch or approach downed power lines. Always assume that downed wires are energized. Call Minnesota Power immediately to report downed wires at 1-800-228-4966.
  • Keep ladders, antennas, long-handled equipment and other conductive objects away from power lines.
  • Never use electric tools near water or in the rain.
  • Don't fly kites near electric lines. If kite string gets caught in a power line, leave it alone; don't try to remove the string from the line. Instead, call Minnesota Power for assistance.
  • Never climb a utility pole or a tree that is near electric wires.
  • Never enter a substation or fenced enclosure that surrounds electrical equipment. The fenced-off area is extremely dangerous.

Minnesota Power’s parent company, ALLETE, has entered an agreement to be acquired by a partnership led by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Global Infrastructure Partners and start the process to become a private company.

This transaction will not change our operations, strategy or shared purpose and values, and it is business as usual for all of us at Minnesota Power. Learn more at