Storm takes down giant white oak

A huge white oak tree toppled in Tuesday’s storm. Curt Grams is shown with the giant tree.

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by Joni Astrup
Associate editor
A huge white oak tree blew down in Tuesday’s storm. The tree measured more than 154 inches in circumference and was the largest white oak in Sherburne County, according to Curt Grams. The giant oak was on his farm off 142nd Street in Livonia Township.
Grams said he was walking his dog Tuesday morning, Aug. 2, when the storm hit. He took shelter at a neighbor’s shop, Gene’s Auto Repair.
When he returned home after the storm passed, he found his record-setting tree had been toppled by high winds.
The tree had been measured earlier by Gina Hugo, a resource conservationist with the Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District.
The largest white oak on record in Minnesota is in Scott County, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. That tree has a circumference of 201 inches.