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La Salle Lake State Recreation Area just north of Itasca State Park was hit with straight-line winds, blocking two of the three entrances. Jesse Trelstad / The Forum

Witnesses recount Monday's storm ripping through central Minnesota

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ITASCA STATE PARK, Minn. - Steve Holewa went to see the headwaters of the Mississippi River on Monday night.

Who knew it would be a story of a lifetime.


Holewa and a companion were halfway back to their campsite when a thunderstorm ripped through the park, packing straight-line winds of 60 mph to 80 mph.

They ran for the Bear Paw campsite bathhouse and shelter.

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