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Storm causes damage around Bemidji

Two cyclists ride around a huge tree in Library Park that was toppled by early-morning high winds. The tree is now the second large tree that has been lost in the park this spring. Additional storm photos on page 5. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer1 / 4
A lineman from Otter Tail Power Co. begins to dismantle power lines from a broken pole along South Lake Irving Drive Thursday morning. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer2 / 4
Rail River Folk School not only had a downed power line due to Thursday morning's high-wind storm, but it also lost sections of its roof. Blocks of Styrofoam from the roof were spread within a two-block radius and also found in trees next to the property. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer3 / 4
Crews from Otter Tail Power Co. remove a huge spruce tree that crashed into a garage at 1725 South Lake Irving Road Thursday morning due to strong winds. The tree also snapped a power pole, creating a power outage to customers living along Lake Irving. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer4 / 4

BEMIDJI - A quick-moving storm system hit the Bemidji area Thursday morning, downing many trees and creating multiple power outages around 7:50 a.m.

The worst downed-tree incident was a huge spruce tree at 1725 S. Lake Irving Drive that toppled onto a garage, snapping a power pole and affecting customers along the lake.

A tree in Library Park lost a huge limb blocking the bicycle trail, and Cameron Park had several trees uprooted.

An outage in the Pennington area resulting from a fallen tree affected 300-400 residents. Power was restored in less than an hour.

Rail River Folk School had its power line torn from the building and lost the majority of its roof. Styrofoam blocks from the roof were strewn within a two-block radius of the building; some were found in trees. That area was without power for more than two hours.

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