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Storm blows tree on top of man camping at Elbow Lake

Big storms caused lots of damage early Wednesday.

Strong storms blasting through northern Minnesota early on the Fourth of July blew a tree down and it landed on top of a man in Elbow Lake. 

The strong storms were producing gusty winds and at approximately 6:10 a.m. the Becker County Sheriff's Office received a report of a man struck by a falling tree. 

Jeff Brian Panzer, 44, of Farmington, Minnesota was under an awning at the camp site on the east side of Elbow Lake when the tree fell on him. Friends he was with were forced walk out of the area for help because fallen trees had blocked all of the roads. 

Eventually, emergency responders were able to get to Panzer and and cut him loose with chainsaws and the help of a local resident using a skid steer tractor to move the trees. 

Related: Possible tornado rips through Bemidji causing extensive damage

Panzer was taken to St. Mary's Hospital with injuries but is expected to survive. 

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