Wednesday, August 31, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 31

August 31, 1912 – A severe wind, rain, hail and electrical storm passed over Winona, Minn., this evening, causing heavy damage and crippling of wire communications. Long-distance telephone communication is completely paralyzed and many of the lines in the city are out of communication.

Between Winona and Minnesota City, the storm appears to have been the most severe, 40 telephone poles are down and lying across the roadway. Farm buildings, fences and frail structures were destroyed. There has also been damage by lightning.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Storm Does Heavy Damage. Buildings Wrecked and Wires Are Torn Down in Southern Minnesota.”; Sept. 1, 1912; p. 1.


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