Book on Outing tornado publishes

Author Sue Dugan Moline's book on the 1969 tornado in Outing titled “The Lake Turned Upside Down” was published Dec. 11.

In a news release written by Moline, she stated her book became an Amazon bestseller in two categories its first week on the market. “The Lake Turned Upside Down – The Story of Unthinkable Tragedy and Incredible Survival in the 1969 Outing, Minnesota F4 Tornado” ranked No. 42 in Christian Inspirational and No. 84 in Historical Biographies.

The book cover for “THE LAKE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN” was published Dec. 11 and is about the 1969 tornado in Outing, Minn. Submitted Photo
The book cover for “THE LAKE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN” was published Dec. 11 and is about the 1969 tornado in Outing, Minn. Submitted Photo

According to the book description on Amazon: “August 6, 1969 became the fifth deadliest day in Minnesota tornado history, killing a total of fifteen people state-wide. Eleven of fifteen deaths occurred on the east and west shores of Roosevelt Lake at 4:55 p.m. in the tiny town of Outing.

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“There had been no warnings.

“Dozens of cabins, resorts, and vacation homes sat in the path of the F4 tornado as it blew through the Outing area, affecting countless lives for decades to come. More unbelievable than the tragedy of those who died is the miracle that anyone survived at all.

“‘The Lake Turned Upside Down’ is the most comprehensive account of the event to date, compiling news reports, pictures, movies, weather records, and over one hundred testimonies from survivors, first responders, and eyewitnesses. This moving book shares the stories that have been burned on the hearts of the families in Outing that day — their lives, their unbelievable survival, and even how seven of the tornado’s victims had been preparing for heaven just weeks beforehand.”

“This is the most amazing tornado story you’ll ever read, about the deadliest tornado in northern Minnesota history,” stated Moline, a survivor of the Outing tornado that took the lives of her sister, grandmother and niece. “The National Weather Service called it the Northwoods Tornado Outbreak. The author calls it a MIRACLE that anyone lived, as the cabin she was in with 17 occupants was picked up and blown into deep Roosevelt Lake. This untold true story is reconstructed 50 years later from over 100 eyewitnesses and historical documents. A must read for tornado and weather buffs, and also an inspirational human story.”

This book is now available on DuganBooks.com and Amazon.com.

Aitkin art center calls for entries for juried show

AITKIN — The Jaques Art Center in Aitkin announces a Call For Entries for its 17th Annual Juried Art Show titled "Happy Trails."

There will be $1,500 in prize money to be awarded at the opening reception scheduled May 8, 2021. Entries will be accepted in the three categories of fine art, photography and 3D sculpture; and also in a student category. The official date for receiving completed entry forms is April 6, 2021. These forms, and additional information, may be obtained at jaquesart.com or by calling the museum Wednesday through Saturday at 218-927-2363.

The Jaques Art Center was founded to exhibit and celebrate the art of nationally acclaimed home-town artist Francis Lee Jaques and to support and exhibit the work of contemporary artists in a variety of media.