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Mark Magnuson, with DNR parks and trails, slices up a fallen tree in Bear Paw campground in Itasca State Park after a storm blew through Monday evening around supper time. Magnuson was called in from Maplewood State Park early Tuesday morning, arriving at Itasca around 10 a.m. with a chain saw in hand. Jesse Trelstad | Forum Communications

Storm rips through Itasca State Park

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ITASCA STATE PARK, Minn. - Steve Holewa went to see the headwaters of the Mississippi River on Monday night.

Who knew it would be a story of a lifetime?

Holewa and a companion were halfway back to their campsite when a thunderstorm ripped through the park, packing straight-line winds of 60 to 80 mph.

They ran for the Bear Paw campsite bathhouse and shelter.

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