Street light along Paul Bunyan Drive falls due to wind, corrosion


A city worker tries to untangle a fallen street light on Tuesday from a heap of branches and holiday lights it crashed into along Paul Bunyan Drive Southeast.

Bemidji experienced strong winds on Tuesday, which snapped the light pole near its base. According to the National Weather Service, winds reached 30 to 35 mph with gusts up to 46 mph.

David Hansen, with the city's street and light department, said although the wind was a contributing factor, the light pole also had been weakened over time by the salt spray on the nearby road. The light had been installed around 2002 and the cost to replace the pole was $8,500.