“I never remember of a cyclone north of St. Paul,” said [St. Paul] Mayor [Edmund] Rice referring to the St. Cloud disaster, St. Cloud being directly north, “and I have lived here for thirty-seven years. I remember three. The first was in 1814 at Langdon, a small station fifteen miles south of here. The cyclone took up all the water in a little lake at that point, divested the chickens of their plumage and left them without a feather. A large timber was carried some seven miles and landed in Wisconsin. It carried a small cottage and injured the old woman who happened to be within.
“The next was the New Ulm cyclone of 1882, which was a very severe affair and resulted in the loss of many lives, as did the cyclone of 1883 at Rochester. I have an indistinct recollection of a cyclone at Mendota, but do not recall it sufficiently to give its date or particulars.”
The St. Paul Daily Globe
Thursday Morning, April 15, 1886
Volume VIII, Number 105, Page 1