How did Minnesota get biblical on this day in 1873?

June 12, 1873. In southwestern Minnesota, what event happened that resembled something out of the Old Testament? A) Torrential rains destroy thousands of acres of farmland. B) Locusts cross into the state, and don't leave until 1877. C) A cloud of gnats swarm the Pipestone area, blackening the skies for eight days. For the answer, click on the headline above.
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B) On this day in 1873, Rocky Mountain locusts cross into Minnesota, destroying crops in the southwestern part of the state. Relief efforts are organized to keep the settlers from starving. The locusts return for the next four years, finally leaving in August of 1877.

Courtesy: Minnesota Historical Society.

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