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Photo by Rachelle Klemme A large tree branch snapped and fell across a sidewalk near downtown Wadena.

Storm downs trees

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The Tuesday morning windstorm, which prompted a severe thunderstorm warning from the National Weather Service, took down trees and knocked out power in some places in the area as well as destroying a fairgrounds building under construction.

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Dan Riddle, lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, said that the official reading at the Wadena airport showed peak wind gusts were 43 miles per hour. Over in Staples airport, they were 51 miles per hour.

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