Friday marks 15 years since St. Peter tornado


On March 29, 1998, a massive tornado ripped through the small city of St. Peter and neighboring towns, taking the lives of two people and leaving millions of dollars in damages.

The St. Peter Herald says a total of 14 tornadoes touched down in southern and central Minnesota that day. An F2 tornado that began in St. Peter made a 67-mile track to Comfrey, gaining strength to F3 status.

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Steve and Diana Schneider of Mankato were visiting St. Peter with their 6-year-old son, Dustin, when the tornado hit. All three were sucked from their van. Dustin didn't survive.

Louis Mosenden, 85, of rural Hanska was pulled from the wreckage of his home and died the next day at Immanuel-St. Joseph Hospital.

The twister lifted houses off foundations and flattened communities, causing $225 million is damages. MinnPost reports Gustavus Adolphus College was particularly hard hit.

The school’s Christ Chapel spire, had been shirred off, and more than 50 campus buildings had sustained major damage.

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