Fergus Falls residents hit by 'river' of hail

Hail shocked city residents Monday morning

Hands holding large hailstones.
Hail larger than golf balls that hit the Fergus Falls region Monday morning.
Contributed / Rachelle Hanson
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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Many in Fergus Falls started their day Monday, May 9, with a shock.

"Yeah, we don't see it that often. Usually, it's pea size or less," said Len Taylor, director of Fergus Falls Public Works.

"I've never seen that big of hail... I was like dumbfounded," said Fergus Falls resident Kayla Orso.

They had large chunks of hail raining down on them, and for some, it even woke them up.

Pictures from that morning show some found hailstones much larger than a quarter, while others had a palm full of mighty hail pellets.


But the reported damage is sporadic, some in the heart of the city peppered with hail were spared when they checked their homes or cars.

"I thought there was going to be damage, but little I knew there was nothing," said Orso.

While there wasn't a lot of damage in downtown Fergus Falls, north of town it was a different story as many cars got covered in little dents.

"Once it was all done, a lot of us started coming out and this is what we found," said Rachelle Hanson, who works in north Fergus Falls.

She called it "a river of hail" that ran down the sidewalk, and covered their cars.

She said the hail just got bigger and bigger, and there was even some left when we got there.

And even though she's now in consistent contact with her insurance agent, she knew there could be a lot more damage.

"It still runs, and nobody lost windshields, nothing got shattered. The hail didn't get any bigger so it could've been worse. It could've you know, the hail could've just kept getting bigger and bigger so... yeah, it's just it's a nuisance, and but you deal with it," said Hanson.


She said it's unexpected, but what you sign up for with Mother Nature when you live in the Midwest.

Many in the city agree even though Monday was a bit of a shock, it didn't compare to softball-sized hail they saw in 2005.

Ben Morris joined WDAY in June of 2021 as a news reporter. He grew up in southern New Hampshire, before he moved to Fargo. He majored in media communications and minored in marketing at the University of Toledo in Ohio.
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