Minnesota braces for bitter cold, stocking up and hunkering down

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 5, 2014 - 8:06 PM

 Hunker down at the heater. The numbing blast of cold air slapping your cheeks Sunday morning is only the warm-up for a dangerous onslaught of frigid weather.

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forpeopleJan. 4, 14 8:01 PM

I went to two grocery stores today and both were filled with shoppers who seemed to feel the coming Ice Age is a holiday. Such an attitude is probably most likely found in Minnesota where a little cold weather is a chance to prove just how tough we are. Fun!! I gotta love Minnesota and Minnesotans at times such as this.

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lisa1967Jan. 4, 14 9:09 PM

I used to work at 3M. Interesting that they are closed Monday. Now I work at the state. As far as I know, we are open. I ride the bus so I plan to bundle up.

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roberth999Jan. 4, 1410:47 PM

When businesses close because of cold or heat... the people just come to the mall I work in...Weird. It's to cold to work but not to cold to go to the mall.

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lcr1955Jan. 4, 1411:22 PM

It was the late George Carlin who said "if you don't like the weather, MOVE."

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akmscottJan. 4, 1411:34 PM

Always been like this.Why the big deal?

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WmToensingJan. 5, 14 3:08 AM

Temperature in Grass Valley & Nevada City, Calif. got up to +70 on Sat 1/4/14. This is why I moved to Calif. in 1969! We are having record high temperatures & 2013 was the driest on record. We need some of your moisture, preferably in liquid form. It did snow here on 12/7/13 & temp. got down to +16, the coldest I have seen it here. I grew up in Eden Prairie graduating from EPHS in 1951. Back then it was just farm land & one March in 1950 or '51 it got down to -44 & I had to walk a mile to school as my 1940 Chev. wouldn't start. It would start down to -35. What is happening back there when you are closing schools across the state when it gets down to -40? The only time they closed school back then was during severe blizzards when the roads became in passable.

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sternitzkyJan. 5, 14 6:21 AM

Glad our furnace gave out last week so now have a new one!

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kenmarkJan. 5, 14 7:11 AM

This is why you see so many MN plates in the FL panhandle this time of year. The OFers have figured it out.

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montanarayJan. 5, 14 7:41 AM

Are we still living in Minnesota? I remember a January when it didn't get above zero. Toughen up for Pete's sake.

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hookshotJan. 5, 14 7:52 AM

In the 1960's, we used to have hockey practice outside in this type of weather. Bundled up and kept moving, and never thought anything more about it. After a while, when our toes got numb, we'd go in the warming shack, and some of the dads would rub our feet to warm them back up. Then we'd head back to the rink. I'm afraid I'm not that tough any more.

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