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Wind causes scaffolding to tip at Willmar school construction site

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Briana Sanchez / Tribune Tipped scaffolding rested against the building Wednesday at the Lakeland Elementary school in Willmar. The Scaffolding fell around 2:50 p.m. Tuesday due to high winds, which reached 50 miles per hour. Double J Concrete and Masonry will fix the scaffold once the wind danger subsides.2 / 5
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Tipped scaffolding rested against the building Wednesday at the Lakeland Elementary school in Willmar. The Scaffolding fell around 2:50 p.m. Tuesday due to high winds, which reached 50 miles per hour. Double J Concrete and Masonry will fix the scaffold once the wind calms down.3 / 5
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Tipped scaffolding rested against the building Wednesday at the Lakeland Elementary school in Willmar. The Scaffolding fell around 2:50 p.m. Tuesday due to high winds, which reached 50 miles per hour. Double J Concrete and Masonry will fix the scaffold once the wind danger subsides.4 / 5
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Tipped scaffolding rested against the building Wednesday at the Lakeland Elementary school in Willmar. The Scaffolding fell around 2:50 p.m. Tuesday due to high winds, which reached 50 miles per hour. Double J Concrete and Masonry will fix the scaffold once the wind danger subsides.5 / 5

WILLMAR — A large scaffolding structure at the construction site for Lakeland Elementary School tipped in high winds Tuesday.

There were no injuries reported and no structural damage found on the new school.

The scaffolding belongs to Double J Concrete and Masonry of New London. The company is doing structural block masonry on the new school.

According to Preston Euerle, president of R.A. Morton Construction Managers which is overseeing construction, said it appeared the scaffolding had become dislodged at the ground level and tipped shortly before 3 p.m.

Restoring the scaffold will take a few days after the wind dies down, he said.

"It's a fairly substantial system, and it needs to be replaced appropriately," he said.

It's not typical to see scaffolding blow over, Euerle said. "It's just one of those odd things," he added. "In fact, I've only seen this one other time in my long career."

Construction is already behind schedule on the new school, in large part because of poor weather earlier in the project.

"We just continue to work with contractors on the importance of the schedule," Euerle said. "We have a good groups of contractors out there working."

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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