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The parking lot at Spicer Power Products in Spicer was littered with debris, including this portion of the building's steel roof, that was ripped from the building by stiff winds Tuesday night. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Storm takes roof of Spicer business with it as it passes through the area

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SPICER -- High winds Tuesday night ripped off a portion of a steel roof from the Spicer Power Products building, located on Kandiyohi County Road 10 west of Spicer.

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The west side of the building took a beating as the steel roof was peeled back and deposited in the parking lot, along with insulation that was scattered on the property.

Owner John Koehn said they tried to clean up some of the mess Tuesday night, but because the winds were so fierce, it was too dangerous to get on the roof to secure a tarp over the gaping hole.

"There was nothing you could do," said Koehn. "It was pretty violent."

Melting snow was dripping into the building, but otherwise the interior of the building wasn't damaged, he said.

While waiting for the insurance adjuster to show up Wednesday morning, Koehn waited on a customer who needed his chainsaw sharpened so that he could deal with a tree that had fallen on his property during the storm.

Koehn said he's heard other reports of damage in the area. including homes that had shingles ripped off.

He said the pole barn contractor who was lined up to fix his roof had also had two other calls for storm-related services.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
(320) 894-9750
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