MPR’s John Ydstie walks through the town of Gary, Minnesota after a tornado demolished much of the town. Ydstie interviews numerous residents as they work to recover and clean-up.
In the early morning hours of July 5, 1978, a group of tornadoes moved through parts of Norman, Mahnomen, Polk and Clearwater Counties in Minnesota. The Gary-Fosston-Clearbrook Tornado, an F2 storm, brought devastation to the town of Gary. The storms caused four fatalities and dozens of injuries as it passed through the three towns.