Hillsboro Storm Damage

Ranging from golf courses to crops, damage was spread out across the region.

A number of towns up and down the Red River Valley were hit with more storm damage after a second blast of severe weather

For the first time in more than ten years, the golf course in Hillsboro was forced to close because of the damage. Some parts of the town looked untouched, others were hit hard.

Hail hit on Saturday and Winds reached 60 miles per hour on Sunday night in Traill County– strong enough for Goose River Golf Course to pause business for at least two days.

 “Just putting top dressing down on the green– they got a lot of major ball marks on them. We need to fill them all up with sand brush them in, heal them up. Cleaning up a lot of trees, debris, branches, it’s just a big mess ”  said Tim Lee, a board member of the golf course.

The course has plans to hold its annual tournament partnered with Sanford hospital on Friday.

Ed Olson came in early on the weekend to try to get ahead of schedule to prepare for it, so he could enjoy fishing with his son during the week. Mother Nature changed his plans.

Olson explains “Well this here that’s why I came out here yesterday to try and get caught up but then I told him– we’re gonna do some logging.”

Volunteers of the Goose River Golf community are making efforts to clean up together.

Hail in the region also damaged crops from Traill and Norman Counties to the northern parts of Cass and Clay Counties.

Just like the golf turf, plants can break form when hit.

“I was out at the farm and big huge cloud coming in and you know you get kind of hypnotized by it there’s kind of beautiful in it and sure enough it dumped a lot of hail on the crops,” said Doug Melby from Hillsboro.

Crews hope to get the golf course opened by Wednesday, and the tournament is scheduled to take place on Friday.