The 15th Anniversary of the 1998 Saint Peter Tornado Posted on March 29th, 2013 by

tornadoFifteen years ago, on 29 March 1998, a 67-mile-track F3-F4 tornado passed through Saint Peter. Two people were killed and over 200 houses in Saint Peter were destroyed. Fifty-nine buildings on the Gustavus campus were damaged, and the campus and rest of Saint Peter lost many of their trees.

“Tens of thousands of trees were replanted on public and private property, and while we might never live to once again see the grand canopy of foliage that existed throughout the community prior to the tornado, we now have new and varied species of trees that have taken root and are flourishing” (City of Saint Peter “Hot Sheet” for 27 March 2013).
For additional coverage, see the photos, timeline, and article in the St. Peter Herald.

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