out of the blue by scott thoma

Lunch Box Series – April 12, 2018


The Murray County Historical Society’s April Dinehart Lunchbox Lecture will host Willmar author, Scott Thoma, at noon on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

His presentation will begin at noon at the 4-H building on the Murray County Fairgrounds. Thoma will present “Tracy Tornado 50th Anniversary”

There is a $3.00 charge for the event and members of the Murray County Historical Society get in free. Bring your questions and your lunch along. Coffee, tea, and hot drinks provided. For more information contact the Murray County Historical Museum at: 507-836-6533 or email: jtimmerman@co.murray.mn.us.

On June 13, 1968, the first F5 tornado ever recorded in Minnesota struck the town of Tracy around 7 p.m. Nine people were killed and over 100 injured. Newlyweds, Linda (Haugen) Vaske and her husband Clifford Vaske had been finalizing adoption paperwork on two-year-old Nancy Vlahos when Clifford left for military training in Washington. On the night of the tornado, Linda, her 8-year-old sister Pam and Nancy were at the Vaskes’ home south of town. Linda, holding tightly onto Nancy, and Pam were unable to reach the basement in time. All three were blown out of the house. Linda was unable to maintain her grasp on Nancy. Although the sisters suffered serious injuries, both survived. However, Nancy’s lifeless body was found on a street a block away. The sisters will never forget that night and rarely a day goes by that they don’t think about the little girl who was taken from them.

This is the true story written by Scott Thoma in his book: “Out of the Blue.” Scott Thoma is uniquely qualified to write these stories, having lived in Tracy when the tornado hit. He also boasts a resume’ that includes parallel award-winning careers as both a sports reporter and a sports editor at a Minnesota daily newspaper for nearly 30 years. He currently lives in Willmar, Minnesota.

Learn more at http://thomabooks.com/.

2016 Murray County Historical Society