Storm damages reported in Ottertail, Henning, Battle Lake area

A line of storms struck the region starting Monday evening. The next chance for rain looks like Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week.

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This pontoon was spotted flipped over in Otter Tail Lake following a severe thunderstorm on Monday, June 20, 2022.
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OTTERTAIL — Monday night, June 20, severe thunderstorms struck the region with strong winds wreaking havoc on portions of central Minnesota including damage reported in the Henning, Ottertail and Battle Lake regions. The storm came after temperatures topped out near 100 degrees on Monday afternoon.
Observers near Ottertail reported winds of over 80 miles per hour. Toppled trees, damaged roofs, and a pontoon flipped over in the water were seen across social media.

Tri-County Health Care's Ottertail Clinic was one among several reported damaged buildings in the city. The clinic roof sustained serious damage and the clinic closed for an unknown amount of time so repairs can be completed, according to a TCHC news release. Patients and staff are currently being relocated to other facilities.
TCHC's Henning clinic was also without power for a portion of Tuesday morning while crews worked to cleanup storm debris from the storm. Portions of the city were without power as trees had been knocked over from the strong winds.
Regular updates on the progress at these clinics will be released on, social media, and local publications like the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
Reports of power outages came in from Battle Lake, along with rain totals just over 1 inch.

Tuesday morning power outages included about 2,400 in Otter Tail County, according to, a website that compiles Minnesota outages.
Wadena's high temperature for Monday was 97 degrees and peak wind gusts of 64 miles per hour were reported at the Wadena Airport. Rain totals were under 1 inch as well.
Father's Day was also a scorcher with a high temperature of 97 degrees and a heat index of 101 degrees.
Look for temperatures to remain cooler this week with a chance of more rain Thursday - Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

A woman, who was also in the camper, was taken to the hospital.

Michael Johnson is the news editor for Agweek. He lives in the city of Verndale, Minn., but is bent on making it as country as he can until he returns once more to the farm living he enjoys. Also living the dream are his two children and wife.
You can reach Michael at or 218-640-2312.
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