Kimball High School football field shredded by weekend storm

Weekend storms left their mark on the high school in Kimball, Minnesota, ripping down the football field's newly-refurbished scoreboard and littering the turf with scraps of wood and metal. A brief tornado touchdown was reported in the area Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

A trained spotter reported a tornado touchdown at 8:35 p.m. Saturday, about a half mile west of Kimball. Storm debris was reported on Highway 55, just west of town.

Todd Krause is a weather service inspector, and his farm 18 miles south of the football field lost 3 sheds and part of a roof.

"There's little doubt in my mind this was a tornado but you just want to cover all the bases," Krause said. "There are some storm chasers that talk about having documented 10 different touchdowns out in western Minnesota."

School officials said they don't yet have a timeline for cleanup and repairs, as they waited for an insurance inspection. School board member Tom Zipoy told the St. Cloud Times the cleanup effort would require a magnet to remove metal scraps from the football field. They will, of course, be getting a new scoreboard.

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