Monday's storm toppled trees, knocked out power, left 1 dead

A low pressure system moving through the Dakotas, Minnesota and Nebraska met a cold front and sparked thunderstorms.

Storm clouds are illuminated by the setting sun as they pass over the Fargo-Moorhead metro area on Monday, June 20, 2022.
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FARGO — A severe thunderstorm late Monday and early Tuesday swept across North Dakota and Minnesota, killing at least one person and leaving a trail of power outages and damage in its wake.

Most of the storm damage occurred in rural areas like Oxbow, Hickson, Kindred, Horace and in Sabin, which saw wind gusts up to 86 mph, said Nathan Rick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Rainfall totaling 0.55 inches and wind gusts reaching 70 mph also hit near Hector International Airport in Fargo, Rick said.

Xcel Energy crews were out Monday night working to restore power to customers in parts of Fargo, Barnesville, Dilworth and other areas.

A low pressure system moving through the Dakotas, Minnesota and Nebraska met a cold front and sparked thunderstorms, Rick said.


“The threat or storm watch lasted until 4 a.m. (Tuesday, June 21) in Minnesota," Rick said.

A man staying at Elmwood Resort on Lake Mary in Douglas County, Minnesota, was fatally injured when a tree fell on the camper he was staying in, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office received the call from the resort about people screaming for help shortly before 11:45 p.m. Monday after multiple storm reports.

When deputies located the camper, they discovered a man and woman trapped inside. The Alexandria Fire Department helped extricate both people from the camper and medics took the woman, Debra Lynn Bunney, 66, of Miami, Arizona, to Alomere Health for treatment, the sheriff's office said.

The man died at the scene. He was identified as Mark Edward Bunney, 72, of Miami, Arizona, the sheriff's office said.

Rick of the National Weather Service said there was a chance of thunderstorms (Tuesday) afternoon north of the U.S. Highway 2 corridor in North Dakota and Minnesota, from Devils Lake through Bemidji.

Tuesday’s storm was forecast to be less severe, with wind gusts up to 50 mph, and not as widespread, Rick said. The weather service further predicted that hazardous weather conditions could continue intermittently throughout the week.

Minnesota Power reported 10,057 customers without power on Monday night.

The lights were off for nearly 12,000 Lake Country Power customers, the company reported, with broken poles and downed lines as well as maintenance crews experiencing difficult road access due to fallen trees.


Cass County Electric reported poles down and numerous trees that collapsed onto power lines with at one time having more than 30 individual outages and 1,222 members affected by the storm. The Kindred, Colfax and Oxbow areas were without power late into the evening, but the company reported all lines were fixed by early Tuesday morning.

C.S. Hagen is an award-winning journalist currently covering the education and activist beats mainly in North Dakota and Minnesota.
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