A good storm is something almost all people can relate to. Most everyone has been through a big clapping thunderstorm or the occasional snow clipper. Some have even been witness to a tornado or hurricane if they travel down south. Once and awhile, however, a storm builds up so violently that its ferocity cements it in the history books. In Minnesota, we know this all too well.

The North Country has seen its fair share of violent storms, especially in winter. Recent memory rekindles vivid images of the Halloween Blizzard. Reaching back into history there was the Children’s Blizzard of 1888 that killed hundreds of settlers, and no one can ever forget the famous and deadly Armistice Day Storm of 1940. Only one storm has earned the nickname “Storm of the Century,” however, as it was one of the most terrible storms to cut through Minnesota in the 20th century.

Brian Haines is executive director of the McLeod County Historical Society and Museum, 380 School Road N.W., Hutchinson. The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment. Admission is free. For more information, call the museum at 320-587-2109.