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Billboard Collapses in Wind

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Winds gusting to near hurricane strength blasted North Dakota overnight, causing damage in some places.

One of the most dangerous cases of wind damage happened along south Broadway in Minot.

Bonnie Campo shows us what happened when winds hit 67 miles per hour at the Ranger Lounge.

"Late last night two cars were crushed by an old billboard near 13th ave and S. Broadway."

"I got the call from the call from my dad, they called him in first, and he called me and said it fell. The bartender on duty called and explained that the sign had fell. We both assumed it was our Ranger sign, turns out it was a big billboard that went down. We're going to be talking with Newman signs, it was their sign and we'll kinda go with their insurance and ours and I'm sure we'll kinda look and see what we can do to repair everything."

However, it's still business as usual for the Ranger. The doors are open, the bar is staffed, and the regulars are all talking about the latest addition to their parking lot.

"It really hasn't affected anything, this is pretty standard in the morning. Aside from the traffic everything is pretty much the same."

Napora says cars and buildings can be replaced, but until the wind subsides he is stuck with the debris.

"We're bringing in a crew from Bismark, but with the weather and the road conditions, they're worried about them being out on the highway. So it'll probably be at least a day before we get them in to clean that up.

The Ranger Lounge has been a part of this town for about fifty years, and the owner says they aren't going anywhere, and anyone can stop by for the rest of the week. For KXnews, I'm Bonnie Campo

Crews later arrived on the scene and were able to start cleaning up. But, the Ranger parking lot probably won't be finished until tomorrow.

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