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Photos: Damage after December thunderstorm

View photos of damage after a thunderstorm rolled through Southeast Minnesota on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021.

December Storm Aftermath
Debris remains in Racine, Minn., Thursday morning, Dec. 16, 2021, after a severe storm Wednesday night.
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December Storm Aftermath
Debris remains in Racine, Minn., Thursday morning, Dec. 16, 2021, after a severe storm Wednesday night.
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Storm Damage
Rocky Papenfus, a tenant, surveys the damage from Wednesday’s storm after a tree fell in front of his apartment Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, on the 600-block of 3rd Avenue Southeast in Rochester. “I went to open my door and I was blocked in,” Papenfus said. “They [Rochester Fire Department] spent about a half hour sawing me out.”
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Rocky Papenfus, a tenant, maneuvers into his doorway after surveying the damage from a tree falling during Wednesday’s storm, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, on the 600-block of 3rd Avenue Southeast in Rochester.
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Rocky Papenfus, a tenant, walks by his home after surveying the damage from a tree falling during Wednesday’s storm, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, on the 600-block of 3rd Avenue Southeast in Rochester.
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City of Eyota employees upright a stop sign after it was blown down in Wednesday’s storm Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in Eyota.
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Harold Anderson sweeps up debris in the roadway after Wednesday’s storm Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, outside his home in Eyota.
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City of Eyota employees upright a stop sign after it was blown down in Wednesday’s storm Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in Eyota.
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A downed tree is seen in Freedom Park after Wednesday’s storm Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in Eyota.
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December Storm Aftermath
Jamie Meyer, who lives near Racine, Minn., and his sons, from left, James, 9, and twins, Dylan and Lucas, both 7, help clear a fallen tree in a yard in Racine Thursday morning, Dec. 16, 2021, after a severe storm Wednesday night. Meyer said they were driving around clearing fallen trees where they could.
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December Storm Aftermath
Dean Ramaker, of Racine, Minn., helps neighbors clean up debris in Racine Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, after a severe storm Wednesday night. "That's what small towns do, they just come together," Ramaker said.
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December Storm Aftermath
Dean Ramaker, left, of Racine, Minn., and Bill Wannarka, a city maintenance worker, clear up debris in Racine Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, after a severe storm Wednesday night. "That's what small towns do, they just come together," Ramaker said.
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December Storm Aftermath
Dean Ramaker, right, of Racine, Minn., and Bill Wannarka, a city maintenance worker, clear up debris in Racine Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, after a severe storm Wednesday night. "That's what small towns do, they just come together," Ramaker said.
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December Storm Aftermath
Dean Ramaker, of Racine, Minn., helps neighbors clean up debris in Racine Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, after a severe storm Wednesday night. "That's what small towns do, they just come together," Ramaker said.
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December Storm Aftermath
Debris is cleared in Racine, Minn., Thursday morning, Dec. 16, 2021, after a severe storm Wednesday night.
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December Storm Aftermath
Dean Ramaker, of Racine, Minn., helps neighbors clean up debris in Racine Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, after a severe storm Wednesday night. "That's what small towns do, they just come together," Ramaker said.
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Storm Damage
Damage is seen along 530th Street after Wednesday’s storm Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, between Elgin and Plainview.
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Storm Damage
Damage is seen along 530th Street after Wednesday’s storm Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, between Elgin and Plainview.
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Damage is seen along 530th Street after Wednesday’s storm Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, between Elgin and Plainview.
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Storm Damage
Damage is seen along 530th Street after Wednesday’s storm Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, between Elgin and Plainview.
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Storm Damage
Damage is seen along 530th Street after Wednesday’s storm Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, between Elgin and Plainview.
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Damage is seen along 530th Street after Wednesday’s storm Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, between Elgin and Plainview.
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Damage is seen to the siding of Plainview Wellness Center after Wednesday’s storm Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in Plainview.
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A dugout at Eckstein Athletic Field is leveled after Wednesday’s storm Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in Plainview.
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December Storm Aftermath
Diane Hammel puts Christmas decorations back up outside her home in Stewartville Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, after they were knocked down during a severe storm Wednesday night. Hammel her home had been without power since 7:30 the night before. The storm caused widespread power outages throughout southeast Minnesota.
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December Storm Aftermath
A sign on the Stewartville Public Library says they are closed due to a power outage in Stewartville Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, after a severe storm Wednesday night. The storm caused widespread power outages throughout southeast Minnesota.
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December Storm Aftermath
Robin Splittstoesser, who owns the Cabin Coffee Company location in Stewartville with her husband Kevin, unpacks a box from a delivery at their shop Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, after a severe storm Wednesday night. The shop had lost power during Wednesday night's storm, which caused widespread power outages throughout southeast Minnesota.
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December Storm Aftermath
Kevin Splittstoesser, who owns the Cabin Coffee Company location in Stewartville with his wife Robin, gets a generator ready to keep their refridgerators running Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, after a severe storm Wednesday night. The storm caused widespread power outages throughout southeast Minnesota.
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A barn collapsed outside of Eyota; near the south side of Chester Woods.
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Damaged fence in Rochester.
Contributed / Christina Dobrovolny
A tree blew over onto power lines at 2512 9th Ave. NW.
Contributed / Ernie Freudenburg
A tree blew over onto power lines at 2512 9th Ave. NW.
Contributed / Ernie Freudenburg
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Storm damage to a home a mile south of Racine.
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Storm damage to a home a mile south of Racine.
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Storm damage to a home a mile south of Racine.
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Storm damage to a home a mile south of Racine.
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Storm damage to a home a mile south of Racine.
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Storm damage to a home a mile south of Racine.
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Countrywood Drive SE in Rochester.
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Countrywood Drive SE in Rochester.
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Two oak trees blown down.
Contributed / Al Huseby

Joe Ahlquist is the photo editor at the Post Bulletin. Joe is a 2013 graduate of Winona State University and previously worked at the Winona (Minn.) Daily News and the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader before arriving at the Post Bulletin in July of 2017. Readers can reach Joe at 507-285-7624 or jahlquist@postbulletin.com.
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