Out of the Blue: The True Story of the Two Sisters and Their Miraculous Survival of one of the Most Powerful Tornadoes in Minnesota History by Scott Thoma. Out of the Blue tells the fascinating story of the first recorded F5 tornado in Minnesota history and the tale of sisters, Linda (Haugen) Vaske and Pam Haugen, who were ripped from Linda’s home and survived. The tornado struck Tracy on June 13, 1968, killing nine people. Although Linda lost all her belongings, the tornado took something even more precious from her and she carried the burden of guilt for many years.
Scott Toma is uniquely qualified to write Out of the Blue, having lived in Tracy when the tornado hit. And he boasts a resume that includes parallel award-winning careers as both a sports reporter and sports editor at a Minneso9ta daily newspaper for nearly thirty years. Thoma currently lives in Willmar, Minnesota. He also writes articles for the Senior Perspective. Paperback, 166 pages.