Champlin, MN Tornado, Jun 1939

The tornado struck with sudden fury at 3:28 p. m. yesterday. Moving from the southwest to northeast, the towering, black, funnel-shaped cloud first struck near Corcoran, a small village a few miles southwest of Anoka. It hit a car in which four Minneapolis persons were riding, tossed it 200 yards into a field, killing several of the occupants. It dipped again at Champlin, killed one man, wrecked several buildings and swept on to Anoka where it cut a swath two to five blocks wide diagonally through the town...

At Champlin, eight houses were wrecked. At Cedar a church, a creamery, and four houses were destroyed, and a school was thrown from its foundation.

List of Dead....

FRED ZIMMERMAN, 50, Champlin.

The Brainerd Daily Dispatch Minnesota 1939-06-19


More than 220 people were injured and nine killed in the Champlin area [includes Anoka] on June 18, 1939 (2PM).

Minnesota Tornado History and Statistics

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