If it wasn’t already cold enough outside, some brave people decided to make themselves even colder. Thousands decided to take the plunge for a good cause. Around 4,200 registered online for the Minneapolis Polar Bear Plunge on Lake Calhoun.
Minnesotans have one word to describe this winter. Unbelievable. Why? “Because I never thought it would last this long,” Jon Hokanson of Chanhassen said.
It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for Heather Brown to dig into the Good Question mailbag to answer some of your best queries. And it looks like, despite it being so late in the season, people still have many questions about winter.
Between the biting winds and the snow storms, it’s been a tough winter to be a Minnesotan. Central Minnesota is digging out of 4.5 feet of snow, and some people are running out of places to put it.
Shannon Frauenholtz has had it with winter. Barely able to stomach the television news with its images of snowbound cars, she heads to the tanning salon, closes her eyes and imagines she’s back in Mexico, where she’s already vacationed once this winter.
The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office says the body of a 36-year-old Staples woman was discovered in the snow outside an apartment building.
Minnesota….Glass Half Full or Glass Half Empty? Dave had some fun this morning getting listeners to chime in about what is actually good about this winter. Here’s a few examples…do you have more to share?
National Park rangers have reopened the popular ice caves along the Lake Superior shore near the Apostle Islands. Officials closed the area Thursday night because of the strong winter storm and uncertainty how it would affect ice conditions on the lake.
You probably haven’t given much thought to that building on the edge of the ice rink where you lace up your skates or come in from the cold. Warming houses are a staple of the Minnesota skating experience. So WCCO’s Matt Brickman set out to find the best one.
You’ve seen the latest forecast. You know that snow’s coming. Maybe not quite enough to leave you entirely cut off from civilization, but certainly enough to leave you unwilling to leave the house. So why not check out one of these five frigid masterpieces?
While winter has been unforgiving to most of the Midwest, the next several months will dictate the season’s impact on all-important sectors, such as shipping and farming. Fast-melting snow in the northern Midwest likely won’t be able to soak into the frozen ground.
An igloo village in Finlad is open to visitors. If you’re looking to vacation in the snow, head to this arctic resort Kakslauttanen.
It keeps piling up, and with these cold temperatures, the snow isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. In the City of Plymouth, it’s causing safety concerns for drivers.
The City of St. Louis Park is making a request to residents to limit their on-street parking from now until the end of winter. The city said that the amount of snow currently on the ground makes it difficult for firefighters, police officers, and drivers of buses and plows to navigate through the streets if people are also parked there.
They took a year off and changed venues, but the Art Shanty Projects opened for the season this past weekend, and it’s just as much fun as it’s ever been (which is to say, quite a lot). There’s a lot to see and do.
As the lights glistened on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, skiers took part in a celebration of Minnesota winter. Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was ready to slip on his ski boots. You would never know his last ski trip was almost his very last. “I did come a little closer to not being here than I’d probably ever want to,” Rybak said. On Jan. 7, Rybak was skiing in Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis when he suffered a major heart attack.
The St. Paul Winter Carnival is wrapping up this weekend, but just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the “boys of summer” can’t be part of it. At least, that’s what the St. Paul Saints were thinking. “Who in the heck in Minnesota is going to play baseball Feb. 1?” asked former Saints player and major leaguer Kevin Millar. Well, that’d be these guys. “I feel like I’m in Lambeau Field,” Millar said. “They had snowblowers in the stands.”
The alternating pattern of extreme cold and fresh doses of snow that’s held through much of January landed on snow during the worst possible time — the morning commute. Twin Cities drivers found themselves at the mercy of the white stuff Thursday morning.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reopening some major roadways closed earlier because of blowing and drifting snow. Interstate 90 west of Albert Lea reopened Monday morning after snowplows cleared the lanes and winds subsided.
As cold as it might be, we’re still a long way from joining the ranks of the coldest Minnesota winters.
There’s but one new wide release this weekend — the dank graphic novel version of “I, Frankenstein” starring a torqued Aaron Eckhart — and it’s not even screening for critics because, why bother? We’re knee-deep in the doldroms of the dump months of winter. What’s a “dump month,” you ask?
Most of us struggle to take the dogs out for a quick walk in this weather, but a dog sledding group in Hastings is offering rides and educational opportunities no matter how cold. Hastings Huskies recently offered rides to a local YMCA program at Spring Lake Park.
It’s Winter Fun Week, and the WCCO Morning Show team is getting outside all week to try out winter activities for you. The activity tasked to Natalie Nyhus for Wednesday combines flying a kite and skiing at the same time. And as she found out, it’s no walk in the park.
Minnesota is one of the healthiest states in the nation, and our cold and snowy winters don’t stop runners. There are some unique hazards connected to winter running that can cause serious injuries, even to experienced runners. Runner Jeff Dehler says his biggest concerns with winter running is slipping and falling on the ice.
We’ve all heard something like this from our parents or grandparents: “When I was a kid, I walked to school in three feet of snow — up hill, both ways.” But was winter really as bad as they remember? Matt Brickman went to find out.