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UPDATED with PHOTOS: Storms leave residents without power, trees down, soggy lawns

This photo was sent to us by Jeffrey and Karen Larson - they reported trees down at their place on Stowe Lake Road NW.1 / 8
Linda Hocum sent us these photos of storm damage on the west side of Lake Carlos.2 / 8
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Most of the damage in Osakis appears to be on the east side of Lake Osakis. Boats, docks and lifts were left tangled along the shoreline near Black's Resort. Photo by Lowell Anderson.7 / 8
There were soggy lawns and standing water reported across the lakes area. This is along the Central Lakes Trail in Osakis. Photo by Lowell Anderson.8 / 8

Severe weather rumbled through the area overnight and residents woke up to scattered branches, downed trees, soggy lawns and some power outages.

According to Runestone Electric Association (REA), members are without power this morning following the overnight storms. Numerous substations are down due to transmission issues. If your power comes back on and then goes off again, contact REA at (320) 762-1121 or 1-800-473-1722. Crews have been working through the night to restore power. Incoming call volume is extremely heavy and callers may receive a busy signal. Outages can also be reported to

Alexandria Light and Power (ALP) reported scattered power outages in last night's storm. Strong winds caused trees to take down power lines in various locations throughout the ALP service area. There are no major outages that occurred, according to Megan Chisholm of ALP. They ask that if your power has not been restored to contact ALP at (320) 763-6501.

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Amy Chaffins

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

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