Thursday marks 20 years since an F3 tornado struck Saint Peter, causing more than 120-million dollars in damage and taking the life of a 6-year old boy.
A total of 14 tornadoes touched down on March 29, 1998 and it still stands as the largest March outbreak in Minnesota. The Saint Peter tornado was on the ground for 18 miles and destroyed 400 homes in its path, including 60-million dollars in damage to Gustavus Adolphus College.
Program Director at the time, Pete Steiner and other KTOE staff took numerous phone calls in the aftermath from residents who reported what they experienced during the tornado.
Steiner says it was the biggest story he’s covered in his career.
“Everybody has their story. We were celebrating our oldest daughters fifteenth birthday and the phone rings and it’s 1420. I said, uh, oh, what’s this. Greg Husak, news director at the time, said I think you better get ready to come out here because this is going to be something really big.”
This Thursday Peter Steiner will revisit the 20th Anniversary of the Saint Peter tornado on KTOE’s Talk of the Town.
A free event will also be held Thursday, ‘Twist of Fate: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Saint Peter Tornado’ will take place in the Saint Peter High School Theater starting at 5:15 p.m.
Listen to some of the calls below: