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Strong winds knocked down thousands of trees Monday night. This photo shows a blowdown area south of Bemidji, near the Beltrami-Hubbard line west of Rosby. Christopher Muller | Beltrami County Sheriff's Office

Bird's eye view of damage: Assistant Beltrami County emergency management director gets unique perspective

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Before Monday's storm, Christopher Muller, the assistant Beltrami County emergency management director, had never flown.

On Tuesday, he boarded a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter for a fly-over of the area, allowing him a birds' eye view of the damage left in the wake of a storm packing winds of 80 mph or more.

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The flyover gave him a unique perspective of the storm's destruction.

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