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Winter roars in, people dig out

More than 2 feet falls in county


December 6, 2019

Jana Peterson

David Steen turned snowblowing into a sport Monday afternoon, as he struggled to clear a 4-foot pile of snow from the sidewalk in front of his house on 13th Street in Cloquet. "The worst thing is I did this to myself, at least the top 2 feet," Steen said, gesturing toward his cleared driveway. He had deposited that snow onto the sidewalk and had to use a shovel to loosen it enough for his snowblower.

The double whammy of winter storms on either side of Thanksgiving Day will surely be remembered by those who endured it. Some were lucky enough to be nestled with friends and family for what turned out to be a weeklong holiday for school kids. Others dealt with trying to dig themselves out and get to work or attend to other essential business as the blizzard that hit Saturday and into Sunday dropped 13 to 20 inches on Carlton County. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 26-27, the first significant snowfall hit the region as about 8 inches piled up in time to snarl Thanksgiving travel plans.


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