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Gunflint Fire Department staffing fire halls during partial phone outage

**UPDATE: As of 4 p.m., phone service was restored on the Gunflint Trail. Anyone who does not have phone service should find a working phone and contact Century Link.
** UPDATE: As of 11:00 a.m., Century Link phones are still out of service on the Gunflint Trail. Volunteer responders are still stationed at fire halls to assist with emergency phone calls. **

Phone service has been unavailable for Century Link customers for most of the day on the Gunflint Trail. The cause of the emergency 911 outage is not yet known, but the Cook County sheriff’s office tells WTIP that Century Link is aware of the problem and is working on it.

In the event that anyone requires emergency assistance, the sheriff’s office asks residents to go to one of the Gunflint Trail Fire Department fire halls where responders who are connected to 911 dispatch through the ARMER radio network are available.

Arrowhead Cooperative states that their True North Broadband and phone service are working, so True North customers can reach one another and can get through to 9-1-1.