On Thursday, June 13, 1968, a storm system containing tornadoes, large hail, and strong winds moved from Osceola County into Dickinson County. The storms caused great damage throughout the county to homes, businesses, and crops. Damages at that time were estimated at $8 million which is over $58 million in today's dollars and that doesn't take into account the huge increase in development that has occurred in the Lakes Area since then.
Below are articles that appeared in the Spirit Lake Beacon, Milford Mail, and Lake Park News the following week on June 20, 1968.
Spirit Lake Beacon
DAMAGE AT $8,000,000
Tornado Leaves Three-Mile-Wide Path of Destruction
Giant Cleanup, Reconstruction Move in Storm Stricken Area
Damage estimates of last Thursday's tornado, revised upwards in view of widespread losses in the rural areas, are reaching near the $8,000,000 mark in Dickinson County.