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Fewer Cold-Related Deaths This Winter, But Homeless Still Feel Freeze

This year’s mild winter was still cold enough to turn deadly.

Exposure to the cold was a factor in the deaths of at least 43 Minnesotans from Oct. 1, 2014, through the end of March, according to the state Department of Health.

04/17/2015

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Bitter Wind Chills To Start The Week

Wind chill advisories are in effect Monday for most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin until 10 a.m. A few counties in extreme northern Minnesota are even seeing wind chill warnings, with wind chills expected to reach nearly 45 degrees below zero.

02/23/2015

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New London Company Creates List Of ‘Minnesota Normal’ Behaviors

There are a lot of things we do here in Minnesota that many would think are crazy, but for us are normal. Wally and Mel’s Apparel and Goods in New London put together a list of the top 10 most Minnesotan things.

02/19/2015

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Student Tweets Cold-Themed Playlist To Convince MPS To Close

Several school districts have cancelled class on Wednesday, including the state’s two largest, Anoka-Hennepin and Minneapolis Public Schools. MPS calls the bitter blast dangerous, citing the cold temperatures, wind chill and safety of students as the reason.

01/07/2015

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Weather Blog: The Truth About The Polar Vortex

Ahhh, the polar vortex — a term that garnered much more than its 15 minutes of fame last winter. I mean it sounds pretty awesome, like a mutant tornado composed of icicles and doom, and though that’d be something to see, the polar vortex is no polar-bear-nado, but a large scale weather system that has been in existence long before any of us.

01/06/2015

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Sunday’s Vikings Game Was Coldest Since 1981

The Minnesota Vikings’ win over Carolina was the team’s coldest game since their last season at Metropolitan Stadium in 1981. It was 12 degrees at kickoff Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium with a wind chill factor of minus 15.

12/01/2014

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Good Questions: Gopher Trophies, Runny Noses & Bell Ringers

Dick from Stillwater asked: When was the last time the Gophers had possession of the Pig, Jug and Axe? Earlier this season, Minnesota beat Michigan to take the Little Brown Jug and Iowa for Floyd of Rosedale. If the Gophers beat the Badgers on Saturday, they will also be in possession of Paul Bunyan’s Axe. The last time that happened was 1967.

11/28/2014

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Gophers Fans Tailgate In The Icy Cold

The snow and frigid temperatures did not keep die-hard Gopher football fans from tailgating Saturday morning.

11/15/2014

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Vikings Prepare For Cold Late-Season Games

Though the label will only last for two years, the Minnesota Vikings are an outdoor team again. Their winter-weather mettle is about to be tested. The high on Sunday at Chicago has been predicted at 34 degrees, and then the Vikings have three straight games at their temporary home stadium on the University of Minnesota campus.

11/12/2014

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Red Carpet Recap: We Day Notables Dish On MN Cold

The stars aren’t usually up for 7 a.m. red carpets, but luckily the crowd had no problem bringing up their energy! A group of students were chanting and cheering right from the very beginning. The Band Perry put it perfectly: “Coffee and loud kids, that’s all you need in the morning.”

11/12/2014

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Weather Blog: Halloween Weather In The Twin Cities

Nothing inspires such fright as the vision of Halloween pumpkins shrouded in white. But have no fear, clear skies are in the forecast for Halloween this year.

10/29/2014

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Free Furnace Program ‘Just Like An Angel’ For Minnesota Homeowners

For many of us it’s officially on–the heat, that is. A cool blast of air has caused some to fire up the furnaces.

It’s estimated Minnesotans pay around $1,500 dollars a year in energy costs. And if you need a new furnace, that can add on thousands more.

10/04/2014

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Farmers’ Almanac Predicts Another Nasty, Cold Winter

The folks at the Farmers’ Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it. Memories of the polar vortex and relentless snowstorms won’t soon be forgotten.

08/25/2014

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Polar Vortex, Part Deux? Not Exactly, NWS Says

Unseasonably cool temperatures will arrive next week in the Midwest and as far south as Arkansas and Oklahoma. It is not, however, the second coming of a polar vortex, something the National Weather Service says it regrets tweeting earlier this week.

07/11/2014

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Low Pressure System A Literal Pain In The Neck

Doctors in the Twin Cities say the low pressure system sitting over the Twin Cities, causing all the recent rains, is also causing pain for people.

05/01/2014

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Weather Blog: Misery Loves Company

There’s a lot that you can say about this winter. Some of the words are even fit for print. While it’s undeniable that many of us have had our fill of the cold, spring-winter (I call it “Sprinter”) has been a boon for at least some industries across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

04/29/2014

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Cold Weather Dampens Spring Fun At Golf Courses

For Minnesota’s struggling golf industry, spring can’t come soon enough. In a post-Tiger Woods world, with the U.S. losing an estimated 1 million golfers a year, course owners find themselves struggling to compete.

04/15/2014

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Minnesotans Eager For A Real Taste Of Spring

It has been 166 days since we’ve seen temperatures in the 60s. With a little luck, Sunday could be the day this streak of cold weather ends. Friends Matt Sandstrom and Brandon Parker are like most Minnesotans, who’ve felt holed up indoors for too long. “Long, long time,” Sandstrom said. “Get to finally enjoy outside, outdoors.”

03/28/2014

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Unseasonably Cold Temperatures Envelop State

Another polar blast has Minnesotans chilled to the bone during a winter season that never seems to end. Temperatures will struggle to break zero Thursday in Minnesota where the National Weather Service posted a wind chill warning for north and central regions.

02/27/2014

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Minn. Senate Preps Emergency Heating Bill For Vote

The fast-track plan to provide $20 million in emergency heating assistance has been staged for a vote Monday in the Minnesota Senate. But a slight change by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday will likely to force another House vote on the measure too.

02/26/2014

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Monday A.M. Commute Could Bring More Headaches

The roads shouldn’t be as miserable around the Twin Cities as they were during Friday’s awful commute, but Monday may still bring with it a number of headaches. The good news is that most road conditions are better, but there are still some problem areas.

02/24/2014

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Dayton Issues Emergency Order After Snowstorm

A fierce storm produced more than a foot of snow in some parts of Minnesota early Friday, where authorities advised against travel and schools closed, once again, during the long, grueling winter. And WCCO’s Mike Augustyniak said bitter cold temperatures moving back in aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

02/21/2014

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When School’s Canceled, Families Turn To College Nannies

For parents in school districts that did cancel class, it was another day of figuring out what to do with the kids. For some families that meant paying for outside help.

01/28/2014

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As Cold Lingers, MOA’s Nick Universe Offers More Free Rides

With many schools in the area now on their fifth day off due to extreme cold conditions, some parents may understandably be trying to figure out how to combat cabin fever. Once again, the Mall of America’s Nickelodeon Universe is offering free rides.

01/28/2014

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Death Of Motorist, Now Identified, May Be Cold-Related

The death of a motorist whose car got stuck in the snow in McLeod County may be weather related. The sheriff’s department says it received a report Monday of a man who had been missing since Sunday night.

01/28/2014

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