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Black Thursday: The Tracy Tornado, June 13, 1968

By Tom Spencer

ThursdayPart of the Historical Essay Series, this essay describes the deadliest tornado disaster of the region in Tyler, Minnesota. It gives a detailed account of the day this disaster ripped through this innocent, small town and provides a history of the town and its heartfelt loss.

The Historical Essay Series is edited by Dr. Joseph Amato, former director of Rural Studies, with the assistance of Donata DeBruyckere, Janice Louwagie, and Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski. It is published by the Southwest Minnesota State University History Department, the History Club, the History Center, and the Rural Studies program. It is partially sponsored and distributed by the Society for the Study of Local and Regional History. Assisting with the publication are Southwest Minnesota State University Word Processing Center and Duplicating Services. Additional thanks for supporting go to the State University Q7 Initiative Fund.

Tom Spencer attended Southwest Minnesota State University, where he earned a degree in history. His interest in the weather started as a small boy with his first experience with thunderstorms, and it continues to this day.

SSLRH, 1993

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