University of Minnesota head basketball coach Tubby Smith will be visit Wadena June 17, the anniversary of the day the city was struck by a tornado in 2010.
Smith plans to stop in Wadena at 2 p.m. at the old pool site by the Wadena-Deer Creek Public School.
Two years ago on June 17, Wadena and eastern Otter Tail County were hit by an EF-4 tornado that cut a quarter-mile-wide path of destruction through the town. The tornado was more than a mile wide, packed winds of up to 170 miles per hour, and was on the ground for about 10 miles. At least 232 homes were damaged in Wadena, though no one in the town was killed.
Later Smith will continue on to Almora for a ribbon cutting ceremony for two newly installed playground structures that were funded by the Tubby Smith Foundation. One member of the Almora community was killed by the tornado, with a family member also seriously injured.
The Wadena Community Center was damaged “beyond repair” and the high school was also severely damaged. The Wadena tornado was covered extensively on the Dec.1, 2010, episode of the Discovery Channel series “Storm Chasers.”
The Tubby Smith Foundation mission is to be a resource for children, and charities that benefit children, in the state of Minnesota, who demonstrate a need for financial assistance to improve their physical, mental, educational or overall wellbeing.
After hearing Tubby Smith talk, there will be photo opportunities and autographs. Children are invited to bring their dads to this Father’s Day event.