Power restored in ND Capitol complex

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The lights are back on in the judicial wing of the North Dakota state Capitol.

A transformer problem caused the entire Capitol building to go dark at midday Tuesday for about a half-hour. The power stayed off until Tuesday night in the building's judicial wing, where state computer servers and the Information Technology Department are located.

The problem cut off Internet service, and the Capitol's telephones weren't working for most of the day.

An administrative assistant in the attorney general's office was stuck in an elevator for a half-hour. Vanessa Kroshus (KRO'-shush) was taking boxes of files from the Capitol's first floor to a basement vault when the power went off. She says she "wasn't in a panic, but it wasn't the best part of my day."