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Winds overturn dock on Big Pine Lake

Gale-force winds over the past couple of days have done more than cause residents to hold onto anything loose on their person, it also overturned a dock on Big Pine Lake.

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Winds blew over this dock on the east side of Big Pine Lake Tuesday afternoon March 7.

Gale-force winds over the past couple of days have done more than cause residents to hold onto anything loose on their person, it also overturned a dock on Big Pine Lake.

Jim Neuerburg, a neighbor to Ron Galles on the east side of Big Pine Lake heard a noise in the early afternoon of Tuesday, March 7, and upon investigating outside, saw his neighbor's dock overturned.

"I wouldn't have thought that the wind could pick that up like that," he said of the dock.

He has been in contact with his neighbor, who lives in Iowa, to report the damage, he said.

The Otter Tail County lakes area around Perham was caught between low and high pressure areas, creating a pressure field that produced strong winds, according to Meteorologist Jim Kaiser, with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D.

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"We were the battleground for this wind," he said. "And it has just hung over the area."

Winds were tracked at 49 mph in Wadena, 61 mph in Park Rapids and at 53 mph in Detroit Lakes Tuesday afternoon, he said.

Winds at Big Pine Lake may have been similar in strength to those experienced in Park Rapids, Kaiser said, if the area was more exposed with nothing to block the wind.

Winds started to diminish in the area by mid-afternoon today, Kaiser said.

Related Topics: OTTER TAIL COUNTY
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