March MN Tornado On Monday 01 Apr 14

A tornado damaged at least three farms in southwestern Minnesota Monday afternoon, but no injuries have been reported. The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office says the tornado was reported at around 4pm Monday southeast of the City of St. Leo. At least three farms were hit, with machine sheds, grain bins, outbuildings and homes damaged. Before Monday’s twister in Yellow Medicine County, only 20 other March tornadoes have occurred in Minnesota since 1950. The earliest known March tornado in our state was on March 18th, 1968 about 10 miles southeast of St. James in Watonwan County. Fourteen of those 20 March Minnesota tornadoes were on March 29th of 1998, and hit Comfrey, St Peter, Le Center, and Lonsdale, as well as nearby rural areas. Two people died on that day. The most recent March tornado in Minnesota was March 19th, 2012 near Elysian.