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Harshest winter in decades gives Minnesotans frozen water pipe headaches

Stan Denkinger, a manager with St. Paul Regional Water Services, connects a thick electrical cable to a fire hydrant on Ashland Avenue on Thursday, March 6, 2013. He and his crew use a 1950s era diesel generator to send about 400 amps of current into a frozen water service line to melt the ice.