* Golfers who planned an early-morning round of golf Tuesday at Pine Ridge Golf Course near Motley arrived to find the course unplayable, Joan Batcher, of the club's pro shop reported.
Batcher said 272 trees blew down in the storm that swept through central Minnesota, making five greens unplayable and blocking eight cart paths.
"They needed to remove 54 trees off playable areas including greens, cart paths, fairways and tee boxes," Batcher said.
Many of the trees, she said, were huge pine trees. Power was out from 4:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., she said. -- Mike O'Rourke, staff writer.
* Many north Brainerd homes were without power early Tuesday. Bob Turcotte, a north Brainerd resident, said a tree was down between Eighth and Ninth Avenue, on Bluff Avenue. -- Mike O'Rourke, staff writer.
* Chuck Burford, who lives on the point on Grave Lake east of Brainerd, said Tuesday his dock was blown apart by the storm.
"My front yard looks like a used tree limb lot," he said. -- Mike O'Rourke, staff writer.
* Marvin Tretter of rural Pierz said the storm was "in and out quick," starting at about 4:50 a.m. Tuesday. Lightning strikes made it possible for him to see the damage to buildings on his farm.
"In a couple of seconds it was all over," he said. "It don't take long to make a mess out of things." -- Clint Wood, staff writer.
* Damage at North Central Speedway included a portable toilet unit that was upside down on the north side of the track, owner Cliff Sasker said.
The pit suite had sections of its roof ripped up and the lower-level door was blown open, Sasker said. The water pump house in the parking lot was scattered across the lot in three large pieces.
Sasker said several of the 55-gallon plastic trash cans that had been placed upside down on poles in the pits were strewn across the pits and track. -- Clint Wood, staff writer.
* A 50-year old grove of white pine and jack pine trees was knocked down near the home of Rick Raddatz in the Pine Center area. He also reported that a boat and fish house were moved several feet and a door was blown off a barn.
When he heard the storm Raddatz dove for the basement. He said the house was hit by a tornado when he was younger.
"The house was booming and things were going by the window," Raddatz said. -- Clint Wood, staff writer.
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