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Published July 27, 2010, 08:41 AM

Strong winds leave a path of destruction in rural Barnes County

Pillsbury, ND (WDAY TV) - Strong winds are being blamed for a path of destruction on farms in rural Barnes County. It happened in the Pillsbury and Luverne, North Dakota area. This damage comes after a night of tornado warnings and storms that swept through a good part of our region.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

At the Craig Burchill farm in NE Barnes County, the damage is widespread. Machine sheds, the farm shop, and horse barns all leveled, roof-tops missing. Horse trailers attached to pickups thrown yards away on their tops. Fortunately, the home was not damaged and the family is safe.

“Everything else it seems like was affected God is good he kept us safe and that is the main thing.”

Craig's mother lives in a guest house on the farm property and with no basement in the home, Jenevea Burchill had few options but a higher power.

“I had my hands folded and was intent in prayer and I was very peaceful about it.”

North, near Luverne, the Gordon Svenningsens awakened to find this. Metal sheds and cattle barns down. Combine headers victim to the smashed buildings.

“Big roar and the lightning was terrible.”

The strong winds not only destroyed buildings and cattle barns here at the Svenningsens, but actually tipped over machinery like this hay grinder.

“These things can be replaced and your life cannot be and we are thankful for that and the neighbors who came to help.”

It was a fast moving, destructive storm leaving behind days of clean up and rebuilding.