KSTP Coverage of 1968 Tracy Tornado

Updated: 06/13/2013 4:30 PM KSTP.com By: Tom Hauser



On a clear and sunny day 45 years ago, tragedy struck the tiny town of Tracy, Minn., about three hours southwest of the Twin Cities.

After a severe storm rapidly developed, Minnesota's first EF-5 tornado in recorded history struck Tracy with devastating consequences. There has been only one other EF-5 since then.

Hundreds of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Nine people were killed, 171 were injured. The tornado towered hundreds of feet high packing winds in the range of 260 to 275 miles per hour. It even tossed a 25-ton boxcar two blocks.

Tonight at 4:30, 6 and 10, we'll report from Tracy on the 45th anniversary of that tornado.

Until then, enjoy this unedited clip from our KSTP-TV newscast on June 14, 1968, the day after the tornado. It features former news anchor Bob Ryan and some amazing aerial news footage and eyewitness accounts.