Scott Thoma authored the book “Out of the Blue” about the F-5 tornado that swept through Tracy, Minn. This book will be featured at Breakfast Club 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug 14 at Stearns History Museum and Research Center at 235 33rd Ave S., St. Cloud
On June 13, 1968, at 7:04 p.m., the first recorded F-5 tornado in Minnesota history swept through the small southwestern town of Tracy. The massive tornado destroyed several city blocks, killed nine people and injured more than 100 others. Scott Thoma, who was a little boy at the time, writes the story about a family who suffered through the storm. In Scott’s book, “Out of the Blue”, he describes the harrowing events Linda Vaske and her family endured. Linda was in the process of finalizing the adoption paperwork on two-year-old Nancy when this storm tragically changed their lives. Come to the Stearns History Museum for Breakfast Club on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 9 a.m., to learn more about the heartbreaking events of this storm. This event is free to members, non-members $5.
Founded in 1936, the Stearns History Museum has focused on preserving and interpreting the history of the region for 77 years. The mission of the museum is to engage people in the exploration of the County’s diverse heritage by providing connections to the past, perspectives on the present, and inspiration for the future. The Stearns History Museum and Research Center is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.