For March 10
(for Southeast Minnesota, Northeast Iowa, and Western Wisconsin)
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- In 1876, an F3 tornado moved east-northeast across Hazel Green, WI (Grant County)destroying a large part of the town. Parts of a church steeple were carried more than 3
miles. Several people were "crushed beyond recognition" in their homes. Two children
were carried 400 yards and set down. They were badly bruised, but they were alive. It
was reported that two horses were carried to a height of 60 feet and set down 600 yards
from their barn "unbruised but stone dead 20 feet apart". The village hearse was "carried
off" and a coffin handle was found eight miles to the northeast. Southwest of Hazel Green
"a furrow 600 feet long, 4 feet wide, and several feet deep was plowed." Newspapers
reported that "Hazel Green will never be resurrected, 23 homes (were) ground finer than
grist from the mills of the Gods." During the 3 years prior, Hazel Green had weathered
several damaging wind storms, a nitro-glycerine explosion, and a plague of scarlet fever.
- In 1943, Viroqua, WI (11") snow.
- In 1980, Lanesboro, MN (6") snow.