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One of the beautiful gazebos at Diamond Point Park received damage from Monday night's storm. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Stormy past: Wild week comes to a close

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BEMIDJI - A wild ride of weather left its mark on the north woods the past week, bringing oppressive heat and two unforgettable storms which left a trail of debris and destruction.

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Hurricane force winds covering 1,050 square miles whacked northern Minnesota during a July 2 storm, leaving a swath of fallen trees, snapped power poles, and battered and mangled homes and businesses.

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Steve Wagner
Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and swagner@gfherald.com. He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several newsroom roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and cops/court reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes extensive reporting related to Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with projects about immigration, the fatal 2002 train derailment in Minot, N.D., and the 20th anniversary of Gordon Kahl's massacre of U.S. marshals. Wagner also worked as a reporter at newspapers in the Twin Cities and Iowa. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.
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