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      Cardinal classes canceled due to power outage

      Cardinal Community School District canceled classes on Friday due to a power outage.

      Alliant Energy assessed the issue around 7 a.m. and although staff members initially believed the power outage was caused by a bad fuse, testing determined a transformer pole was going to need to be fixed. The repair took a few hours.

      There was a rumor circulating early on Friday that a transformer fire caused the outage, but Cardinal School Superintendent Joel Pedersen set the record straight.

      He said the power was down in several classrooms, and Friday afternoon the internet and phone lines were still rebooting.

      The outage also would have affected school lunch service Friday.

      Kids who arrived for the school day were sent home on buses or picked up by their parents.

      â??I was just really impressed with everyone coming together during a difficult situation, so there was never any safety issues or concerned. It was just going to be difficult to have a day at school with some of our challenges with electricity,â?? said Pedersen.

      The superintendent anticipates classes will resume on Monday.