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Authorities ID utility worker who died near Orr

Authorities have identified a Lake Country Power employee who died Friday while working to restore an outage near Orr.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported that Drew Schwarz, 33, of Cook, was pronounced dead at the scene southwest of Orr. The incident was reported as a possible electrocution just before 6 p.m.

The sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate, and an autopsy is pending at the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

Lake Country spokeswoman Tami Zaun said the utility responded to more than 7,500 outages after severe thunderstorms blew through the region early Friday morning. She said the lineworker collapsed at the scene but it was not immediately clear whether it was due to electrocution or another cause.

"Despite the loss of a fellow employee, friend, and co-op family member, crews will continue working today and tomorrow until power is restored for members," Zaun said.