Weather Forecast


Storms leave residents without power, trees down, soggy lawns

The most dramatic storm damage washed up on the east side of Lake Osakis, near Black's Resort. Boats were swamped and flipped, docks and lifts were twisted and bent, and lake weeds were tangled with boards, boat seats and coolers along the shore. (Photo by Lowell Anderson)1 / 2
Strong winds Thursday night wrapped this boat lift canopy around a tree at Black's Resort in Osakis. (Photo by Lowell Anderson)2 / 2

Severe weather rumbled through the lakes area late June 20 into early June 21. Residents woke up to scattered branches, toppled trees, missing dock decking, soggy lawns and power outages.

According to Runestone Electric Association (REA), over the weekend, numerous substations were down due to transmission issues.

Alexandria Light and Power (ALP) also reported scattered power outages caused trees taking down power lines in locations throughout its service area.

Crews worked through the weekend to restore power.

See dozens of storm-related photos, many submitted by readers, in our online photo gallery at

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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