This week marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Halloween Blizzard of 1991. Memorable to the history of Minnesota and, to a lesser degree, Sherburne County. We have witnessed Mother Nature and her ability to inflict significant turmoil in our lives, with blizzards, flooding, tornadoes, and other catastrophic events.
|Transportation by any means possible during the |
1991 Halloween Blizzard. photo courtesy of Elk
River Star News collection
In the end the storm caused $63 million in damages throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. 20 individuals died in Minnesota because of the storm. In Sherburne County, the newspaper and police reported few damages. According to the Star News, only two traffic accidents occurred because most people chose to stay indoors to wait out the storm.
This week, we need to remember the events of 1991 and appreciate the power of Mother Nature. She can creep up on us and provide an interesting surprise when we least expect it.