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On Lake Mary near Alexandria, Sy and Darlene Lucas found a tree knocked down in their backyard and a trampoline that ended up on the roofs of houses. (Contributed)

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From a crazy heat wave to two-inch hail, Douglas County was hit with the typical Minnesota weather frenzy we’ve come to know all too well in the summertime.

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With the temperature reaching up to 96 degrees and the thick humidity that was experienced throughout the day, it was a sigh of relief when the nighttime thunderstorm began to cool things off.

The next morning, however, people woke up to the aftermath of the storm. From hail, lightning strikes, and 55 mile-per-hour winds, areas of the county experienced fallen trees, broken docks and other random damaged property.

This included a knocked down athletic facility light pole, toppled over trees and damaged traffic signs at the new Alexandria Area High School site.

The pole that was knocked down was one of the stadium lights that had been relocated from Citizens Field to the new practice field on the new school’s campus. Superintendent Rick Lahn said that the school district is working with their insurance company to repair the damage.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office stated that there was not enough reported damage to issue a press release, but Echo Press readers were more than willing to share their photos and stories of what the storm brought them.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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