Severe storms, funnel clouds pass through Red River Valley


For the second straight day, afternoon storms produced funnel clouds and tornado warnings in western Minnesota Friday.

The National Weather Service posted a tornado warning for Otter Tail County that was allowed to expire at 6 p.m. Spotters had reported a funnel cloud near the town of Ottertail.

Earlier tornado warnings were in effect in Clay and Wilkin Counties. A funnel cloud was spotted north of Breckenridge and the view from a farm near Comstock (right) was sent to the Fargo Forum.

Thunderstorms, possibly severe ones were in the forecast through the evening for an area from Fargo through Bemidji to the Iron Range.

Christiane McMahon tweeted a photo of hail near Dent to WDAY:

The Associated Press reports law enforcement agencies confirmed that tornadoes touched down in three west central Minnesota counties – Swift, Pope, and Chippewa – on Thursday evening. The only damage reported was downed tree branches and siding ripped off a building near Benson, the AP says.

In the Twin Cities, Thursday's record-setting rains were followed by sunshine on Friday. But forecasters estimate the rain that fell earlier in the week is enough to keep some rivers rising through Thursday.

Next Up

Anthony Edwards

Timberwolves smash Rockets in season opener

The Timberwolves showed they have plenty of firepower in a victory over Houston.

Knuth - Nezhad - side by side

Frey challengers Knuth, Nezhad agree to rank each other 2nd

They're urging supporters to do the same on Nov. 2.

Jerome Horton - Sherburne Co. Jail - CROP

Charges: Man lied to buy gun later used by St. Paul mass shooting suspect

He's accused of making false statements during the purchase of a firearm.

Screen Shot 2021-06-04 at 6.30.24 AM

BCA releases investigative file in Winston Smith's shooting death

The file contains 1,000 pages of documents, hundreds of photos and dozens of audio files.


Fire at Mpls. pizza joint weeks after opening, owners suspect arson

The owners arrived at work Tuesday to find the building on fire.

vaccine, covid

New COVID charts show hospitalization, death rates based on vaccine status

The unvaccinated are far more likely than the fully vaccinated to become hospitalized or die.

Flickr - Superior National Forest Boundary Waters

White House begins process to ban new mining near BWCAW

The stated goal is to protect the "unique natural wonder" of the BWCAW.

Autumn Merrick, Autumn Rose Merrick

Man charged in shootout, crash that killed 18-year-old on scooter

Autumn Rose Merrick was with a friend near the Holiday gas station.


More severe storms to rumble through Minnesota

The National Weather Service says heavy rain, large hail, damaging winds and a few isolated tornadoes are possible through Saturday night.