The Big Story Blog

Waiting for dad to dig out car after Halloween snow

Posted at 6:24 AM on October 31, 2011 by Jon Gordon
Filed under: Climate, History, Weather

On the 20th anniversary of the historic 1991 Halloween snowstorm, we're sharing stories from our Public Insight Network sources and Facebook followers. Here's one:

"What a night," writes Nichol Harris of Blaine.

"I was in college at the U of M and of course, it was a big party night. My friend, Suzanne, and I got dressed up to go out with some guys we knew. We dressed as 1960s go-go girls: super short tank dresses, white go-go-boots, thick make-up, teased hair. What a mistake that costume was: I'll never forget trudging through snow in those go-go boots, which were authentic and were totally ruined..."

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"...The weather was so bad that night that we ended up staying at one of our guy friends house after the parties. I had to borrow some sweats from him because I was soaked to the bone. The next morning, when we got back to Suzanne's apartment in Dinkytown, my little college car was covered with snow and there was no way I was going to be able to drive home. We had to wait another day or two for my dad to dig me out. I remember walking through dinky town that morning with not a car on the street and even the McDonalds was closed. It was so peaceful."

Illustration by Tom Gau


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Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.