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High winds whip region: Now it's time to scout fields for damage

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WILLMAR -- High winds whipped up clouds of topsoil, snapped tree limbs and kept firefighters on alert and farmers on edge through much of Wednesday.

Today, farmers are likely scouting their fields to see what damage the sand blasting might have inflicted on newly emerged crops.

"The winds are a concern, especially to our sugar beet producers,'' said Wes Nelson, Farm Service Agency director in Kandiyohi County, as winds of 30 to 35 miles per hour were being reported.

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