Scott Thoma, Out of the Blue

Two Minnesota authors will be here at the library soon.  Scott Thoma will be here on March 21 at 1:00 p.m.  He will talk about his book Out of the Blue.  It is a non-fiction book about the F5 tornado that touched down in Tracy, MN on June 13, 1968.  This is the first recorded F5 tornado in Minnesota history.  Nine people were killed and 125 injured that day.  Approximately one fourth of the town’s homes were destroyed .  Scott lived in Tracy at the time.

Out of the Blue tells the story of two sisters who lived through the tornado.  Linda (Haugen) Vaske and Pam Haugen were 20 and 8 at the time.  Linda and her husband Clifford were recently married.  Clifford had been drafted for the war in Vietnam and was in training in the state of Washington at the time of the tornado. Linda and Clifford had been finalizing adoption papers for 2 year old Nancy Vlahos.  Although the town had blown the emergency siren, Linda, Pam, and Nancy were sucked out of the house by a 300 mile-per-hour wind.

Scott is currently a resident of Willmar, MN.  He has been a sports writer and a sports editor for a Minnesota newspaper for nearly 30 years.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Morris Public Library.  The Morris Seniors Group will serve refreshments.

Frederick Blanch, Last Words: Frederick’s Bionary

Roseville, MN resident Frederick Blanch, has written a book he likes to call a dictionary and a biography all in one.  This book published by North Star Press in September of 2011, follows a dictionary format where the words are in bold letters and the description follows.  These descriptions range from a few words to several pages.  Last Words has won a 2011 Minnesota Book Award.  The humor in his book is reminiscent of Mark Twain and Will Rogers.  Frederick will be here at the library on Thursday, April at 2:00 p.m.

Other notes of interest:  The MAHS Computer Students have written sequels to several childrens books.  These books are now on display at the library.  The class will be putting on Story Hour next week on Thursday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m.  One of the books will be read at that time.

by Roxane


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