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Olivia city personnel use large equipment to move trees off the streets Friday evening so that citizens could move about in their efforts to clean up the downed trees in town after storms pushed through the region. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Storm pushes high winds, rain across western Minn.

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WILLMAR -- A powerful series of thunderstorms, packing high winds, hail and heavy rains Friday afternoon, left a trail of destruction across southern and west central Minnesota.

The National Weather Service reported wind speeds of up to 78 mph in Redwood Falls, with trees and power lines down and roof damage reported in the downtown area. Reports from across Renville County included damage to buildings, trees and power lines.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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