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Videos: Insanely close encounters with violent Minnesota tornadoes

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Storms that exploded Wednesday afternoon in central Minnesota quickly produced tornadoes, and chasing the storms at an incredibly close range was Michael Marz. 

"This is the most incredible footage I have ever seen. The ground scouring," tweeted Reed Timmer, a nationally known meteorologist and storm chaser, who was referring Marz's incredible videos.  

Marz wasn't done. He again was within close range of a violent tornado, though it's unclear exactly where these videos were taken. 

Related: Watch Michael Marz's award-winning storm chasing documentary

Storm reports filed to the National Weather Service show that a tornado – possibly the same one Marz was chasing – was reported as a "large tornado" heading for a farmhouse at 5:11 p.m., approximately six miles southwest of Dalton. 

At 5:19 p.m., the tornado was reported to be a half mile from a rest stop along Interstate 94, this time again being described as a large tornado that was lofting debris into the air. 

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At 5:30 p.m., the twister was reported to have hit three farmsteads and crossed Interstate 94, fortunately not damaging any vehicles on the freeway. 

Another brief tornado was reported just over an hour later near Vining, Minnesota.

Storms further east then erupted, with a funnel cloud reported over the Mississippi River in Brainerd at 7:26 p.m., with another tornado reported five miles northwest of Pine Center at 7:22 p.m. 

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