The first F5 tornado documented in Minnesota’s history hit Tracy, Minnesota, in 1968. It’s now the focus of a non-fiction book called Out of the Blue by Scott Thoma.
Listen to an interview with him here:
(Note: It’s a 40 minute interview on the radio and there is no visual with it. There is some periodic feedback, but not too bad.)
Laura Ingalls Wilder fans will be interested because Tracy is the town next down the railroad line from Walnut Grove, Minnesota. Fans drive through it all the time and it’s featured in the books as where Pa comes to pick them up at the end of the line after their train ride. It’s also the home of the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum. Several of the people involved in the story were from Walnut Grove.
Find out more on the website:
The book is also available from the giftshop of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. Find it in this section of the online store:
Sarah S. Uthoff is main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.