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Storm slows, but doesn't stop, Minnesota State Open at country club

This tent frame was among several that were demolished by high winds at the Hastings Country Club Friday morning.

Friday morning's strong storm in Hastings prompted a significant delay at the Minnesota State Open golf tournament at the Hastings Country Club.

The tournament started at 7:30 a.m. Friday, but was delayed approximately 3 hours because of lightning, strong winds and hail that came through the area.

Tents around the course were demolished, tree branches littered the course and leaves and twigs were everywhere.

Once the storm passed, grounds crews were out in force and got the clean-up under way. By 10:30 a.m. the tournament resumed.

The tournament continues Saturday and Sunday.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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