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Events called off due to wind

Besides messing up a lot of hair, gusty winds that have enveloped southwest North Dakota from late last week until Thursday haven't caused many problems.

One flight was canceled Thursday at the Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport, Manager Matthew Remynse said.

"We had gusts up to 55 mph and a direct crosswind on the runway," he said. "I've been here four years and have only seen a flight canceled due to wind a handful of times."

The Carlson Booster Track Meet scheduled for Thursday at the Badlands Activities Center was postponed until 9:30 this morning.

It is Dickinson and Trinity high schools' first home meet in two years.

Dickinson State University also called off its Thursday softball game against Blacks Hills State. The doubleheader is now today, with the first game starting at 1 p.m.

While all power is restored after winter storms took out a number of poles, Roughrider Electric Cooperative employees have about 100 left to replace, said Leonard Hibl, director of member services. Most go to pasture wells.

"As far as wind goes, you just have to be more careful as you work," he said.

Wind gusted to about 35 mph Thursday at the Bowman Municipal Airport and didn't disrupt flights, Manager Max Arnett said.

"I'm sure it stopped some of the local yokels," he joked.

Stark County Emergency Management had no reports of any wind-related damage, Manager Brent Pringle said Thursday afternoon.

"We monitor it and if there are reports of damage, we'd like to know," he said, adding this is a good opportunity to use the department's new Facebook Web page to report damage. Go to facebook.com and search Stark County Emergency Management. Residents can also call the department at 701-456-7605.

"It's North Dakota; we've always got the wind," Hibl said.

-- Bess Pallares and Jennifer McBride

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