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Storm packing 80 mph winds knocks out Bemidji's power, phones

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BEMIDJI, Minn. - A fast-moving thunderstorm tore through Bemidji shortly before 7 p.m. Monday, leaving a wide swath of debris, downed trees and much of the city without power.

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The storm produced 80 mph straight-line winds, Dave Kellenbenz, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D., said.

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