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.
The persistent snow is delaying the beginning of fieldwork on farms across Minnesota. In its first weekly crop progress and condition report of the season for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says last week’s heavy snow is one reason why no days were rated suitable for fieldwork last week. Planting of some early crops such as oats usually begins around now.
Many Minnesotans have been pondering their decision to live here after a spring snowstorm hit earlier this week. But an Internet café in downtown Aitkin, Minn. is helping to remind people of their love for the state. The historic Butler building has a chalkboard that lets people fill in the blank: “I Love Minnesota Because…”
When Suzanne Born looked outside to see snow on her driveway Friday morning, she skipped the shoveling and went back to bed. “I was born and raised in this state. I’ve lived here all my life, and I know mother nature will take care of this,” said Born, of Golden Valley. “By the time it gets to April, there’s no point in shoveling.”
A year ago, the spring snow went into May, and it prevented some farmers from getting their crops in.
Spring Break is wrapping up in some districts, and after Thursday’s snowstorm it looks like anything but spring in Minnesota.
Snow and ice-covered roads are adding extra time to the morning commute in the Twin Cities. Forecasters say about 6 to 7 inches of snow has fallen in the metro area, with greater amounts north and west. Hutchinson in McLeod County is dealing with 10 inches of fresh snow.
It’s the kind of weather that has some questioning life and geography. Some people are asking, “Why do I live in Minnesota?” But Dr. Cheryl Bemel, a psychologist with Allina Health, says go ahead and complain. “Talking about it really helps. Don’t keep it all in, don’t be that strong Minnesotan with the upper lip that doesn’t want to say anything about how crummy you’re feeling about the weather,” Bemel said.
The spring sports season should have started already, but with the cold and now snow on the way, spring sports are once again falling behind.
A snowstorm of record-breaking proportions is predicted to mess up the Friday morning commute in the Twin Cities. Forecasters say a mix of precipitation is expected to turn over to heavy snow after midnight Thursday and leave as much as a foot of snow in the Twin Cities by midmorning.
Many of us woke up Tuesday morning wondering if Mother Nature was playing an April Fool’s joke on us. It snowed less than an inch in the Twin Cities on Tuesday, but several more inches are expected later this week.
Northwestern Minnesota residents rebounded Tuesday from more than a foot a fresh snow that fell during blizzard conditions. Schools in the Pennington County community of Thief River Falls reopened Tuesday, but ran a couple hours behind.
As the winter begins to the thaw, many Minnesotans are just not getting a glimpse at the lawn for the first time in months. In many cases, it’s not a pretty sight. Local experts said this has been one of the worst seasons ever for winter-burn.
A spring snowstorm in the Upper Midwest shut down schools and government offices Monday, made travel hazardous for drivers and life miserable for cattle ranchers in the midst of calving season. The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for much of the Dakotas and part of Minnesota.
While it may appear to be a postcard perfect morning in the woods just north of McGregor, Minn. the long, tough winter has taken a toll on woods and the state’s whitetail deer. “There’s over three-feet of snow still in the woods,” volunteer Dan Guida said.