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Weekend storms cause damage in Blackduck, Hines areas

Reports of downed trees and electrical lines, as well as minor damages to roofs and outbuildings were reported to authorities after severe thunderstorms moved through the Blackduck and Hines areas on Saturday afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D., issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the area, with large hail and high winds expected. Based on storm reports, straight-line winds did much of the damage in the area. Damage around Blackduck included downed trees and electrical lines and building damage. Roadway signs also were twisted, and in one instance, a baseball dugout was blown over, according to Beryl Wernberg, Beltrami County emergency management director. 

The Blackduck Police Department and the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office assisted as state, county, city and township emergency worked cleared debris from roadways.

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