Stormy start to summer

Several power poles along Hwy. 14 just east of Garvin Corner were felled Sunday morning as one of a number of strong storm systems moved through the local area. Photos / Per Peterson

A pair of storm systems packed with straight-line winds, hail and rain wreaked havoc everywhere as spring turned into summer

By Per Peterson

Robert Baumgartner didn’t get much sleep Sunday night, but it’s not because he’s suffering from insomnia.

Robert and his wife, Ardys, were camping in Garvin Park this Memorial Day Weekend when yet another powerful storm blew into the area. This one was once again packing strong winds, plenty of rain and enough thunder and lightning to keep even the most sound sleeper awake.

“I stayed up all night,” Baumgartner said. “It started sprinkling about 4 o’clock (in the morning), and my wife came out, and all of a sudden it was pouring. It shook the pick-up a little bit, so we drove up to the shelter. Then when we came back, we noticed all this.”

“All this” was a mess that included a huge tree that fell on top of the couple’s new camper — one of a number of trees that were felled from a massive storm that blew through southwest Minnesota on Sunday night and into Monday, this after an equally-strong storm besieged the area a day earlier.

The Baumgartners are from Pierre, SD, and visit the area about once a year.

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