Weather Forecast


Early morning winds, rain cause damage around New Richmond

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Branches were down throughout the city, including this branch in front of the Edward Jones office along Sixth Street.2 / 2

Heavy rains and high winds blew through the New Richmond area on Friday morning, June 21.

The most significant report of damage came from New Richmond High School, where relatively new bleachers at the varsity baseball field were picked up by the high winds and driven into the chainlink backstop. Crews from LaVenture Crane were called in to pick up the bleachers and deal with the damage.

Otherwise, most of the local damage was limited to trees and branches being knocked down.

City Administrator and Utilities Manager Mike Darrow said city crews were out picking up branches and leaves Friday morning. There were no reports of power outages locally, he said.

According to the New Richmond Regional Airport website, about 1.43 inches of rain fell in a relatively short timeframe Friday morning. There were some anecdotal reports from others around New Richmond that much more may have fallen in some locations.

The highest wind gust reported at the airport was 51 miles per hour, according to their weather observations.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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