The damaged grain bin at the New Leipzig Grain Co. was being moved during cleanup Friday afternoon. photo | Luann Dart
Wind whips area, local firefighters help with blaze
Gale-force winds buffeted Grant County last week, damaging a business in New Leipzig and sending firefighters to help a neighboring community battle a raging grass fire.
With a 92-mile-an-hour wind gust recorded in nearby Bentley by the National Weather Service Wednesday evening, Jan. 13, an empty 45,000-bushel grain bin at the New Leipzig Grain Co. was flattened and other minor damage was reported across the county Wednesday night and Thursday morning, Jan. 14. And Grant County and Flasher fire departments responded to assist with a major grass fire northwest of Lemmon in Adams County Jan. 14. A Regent firefighter was injured fighting the blaze.
In the early morning hours of Jan. 14, the wind knocked down one of two grain bins at the New Leipzig Grain Co.
“No one was around. It would have been worse. Somebody would have had vehicles parked out here, if nothing else. We’re fortunate that did not happen,” said Deb Sprecher, with the New Leipzig Grain Co.
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