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Lightning blamed for Monday shed fire in Castle Rock


A lightning strike during Monday morning's storm caused a fire that destroyed a Castle Rock shed and its contents.

The fire was reported around 2:30 a.m. by someone driving past the residence on Highway 3 and 263rd Street, Farmington fire chief Tim Pietsch said. The motorist stopped at the home and woke the resident inside. The motorist also had to call 911 because the home had lost phone service, presumably due to the storm, Pietsch said.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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