Fiber Cut in Beltrami County Limits 911 Calls, now Repaired

By KBJR News 1

Fiber Cut in Beltrami County Limits 911 Calls, now Repaired

September 17, 2012 Updated Sep 17, 2012 at 5:28 PM CDT

Bemidji, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- An accidental fiber cut in Beltrami County has limited the ability for people to call 911 from a cell phone, and has since been repaired around 5:30 p.m. and all systems are up and running.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office said citizens who have cell phone coverage with AT&T, Verizon or Northern PCS will not be able to call 911, doing so will produce a busy signal.

Users who have Northern PCS are affected for Polk, Clearwater, Itasca, Cass, Lake, Beltrami, Hubbard and Pennington.

Verizon Wireless users for Beltrami, Itasca, Cass, Hubbard, Koochiching, Polk, Roseau, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Pennington, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Norman and Lake counties are affected.

AT&T users for Clearwater and Beltrami counties are affected.

The fiber cut affects the information that comes up on the Dispatcher's screen that automatically produces the automatic location identifier.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office has two lines working for 911.

If anyone needs to call a Sheriff's Office has non-emergency numbers:

Beltrami: 218-333-9111
Hubbard: 218-732-3331
Pennington: 218-681-6161
Mahnomen: 218-935-2255
Polk: 218-281-0431
Roseau: 218-463-1421
Itasca: 218-327-3477
Clearwater: 218-694-6226
Koochiching: 218-283-4416
Lake: 218-834-8385
Lake of the Woods: 218-634-1143
Cass: 218-547-1424
Marshall: 218-745-5411
Norman: 218-784-7114

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