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Howling winds blow over trucks, fan flames in Dakotas

Western Minnesota got a taste of wind storms that swept through North and South Dakota Wednesday and Thursday. Winds gusting up to 70 miles per hour blew trucks off highways, fanned wildfires, and knocked down power lines.
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Travel was hazardous in South and North Dakota as a windstorm brought 70 mile-an-hour gusts to the region Thursday. South Dakota's Transportation Department was urging extreme caution after the toppled many semis.

In the Red River Valley, conditions were not quite as bad. But truckers told WDAY the difference between a loaded truck and an empty one was significant when it came to holding the road.

The winds also fanned the flames of wildfires, including one that claimed several of the buildings in a tiny North Dakota town of 30 residents.

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