Farmer narrowly escapes collapsing silo

A thunderstorm collapsed a silo and barn near Colby Thursday, and a farmer working inside was able to slip out with his life, the Marshfield News Herald reports. About 20 dairy cows were trapped in the rubble. The National Weather Service says 70- to 80-mph winds likely did in the structure.
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A thunderstorm collapsed a silo and barn near Colby Thursday, and farmer working inside was able to slip out with his life, the Marshfield News Herald reports. About 20 dairy cows were trapped in the rubble.

The National Weather Service says 70- to 80-mph winds likely did in the structure.

Strong wind gusts hit much of the state Thursday as a cold front pushed across the state, turning rain to snow. The Twin Cities got a much-needed soaking – the most notable rainfall at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in more than three months, the Pioneer Press reports.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Sandy is expected to create a "historic" storm on the East Coast early next week, which could likely affect airline travelers in Minnesota, AccuWeather reports.

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