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.