The May 6, 1965 Tornadoes were the worst tornadoes in Twin Cities history, with five tornadoes sweeping across the western and northern portions of the 7-county region, and a sixth tornado just outside the metropolitan area. Four tornadoes were rated F4, one was an F3, and the other produced F2 damage. Thirteen people were killed and 683 injured. Many more would have been killed had it not been for the warnings of the U.S. Weather Bureau, local officials, and the outstanding communications by local radio and television stations. Many credit the announcers of WCCO-AM with saving countless lives. It was also the first time in Twin Cities history that civil defense sirens were used for severe weather.
I grew up with stories of this tornado. It affected me in many odd ways. When we went into the lake in the spring for our first swim I was always worried that I would step on a body that had been blown into the lake during the tornado. I can laugh about it now but this end of the lake was devastated and the adults did not quickly forget that day.