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Todd Gould with Northern Tree Specialists works in the tree tops at a residence on Wienzel Point Road in Lake Shore Tuesday. The Nisswa area was hit with high winds early Tuesday causing power outages and downed trees. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls

Storm causes massive power outages, knocks down trees

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Twisted trees, cracked power lines and dark houses were left behind following Monday night's powerful storm that ripped through the Brainerd lakes area.


Thousands were left without power in the overnight hours, and even into the night hours of Monday.

"I've never seen that many outages," said Kelley Eldien, senior communication specialist with Minnesota Power.

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Jessie Perrine
Jessie covers the Brainerd City Council and the Brainerd School Board. Born and raised in southern Minnesota, Jessie attended Winona State University, where she majored in journalism with a minor in women and gender studies. She worked at the Winona Daily News, Tomah Journal and the La Crosse Tribune before starting at the Dispatch in 2012.
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