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Post Bulletin
     August 21, 2018      #12-232 PB1 1
Descendant of 1883 tornado victim to play at
Descendant of 1883 tornado victim to play at remembrance

John Molseed

On this date, 135 years ago, a tornado devastated Rochester. Striking on a Tuesday evening, the tornado leveled 135 homes and killed 37 people.

Nels Hansen was among the casualties, dying of his injuries four days later. Today, one of his ancestors will mark his memory and honor the good that came out of the tragedy that struck the city.

Hansen’s great-grandson, Doug Hansen, a musician from Traverse City, Mich., is in town to perform for the anniversary of the event at the Barbara Woodward Lips Atrium in the Charlton Building at noon today.

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John joined the Post Bulletin in May 2018. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 2004 with a BA in Journalism and Japanese. Away from the office, John plays banjo, brews beer, bikes and is looking for other hobbies that begin with the letter âb.â