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Halloween snow story: car in ditch, cat costume donned

Posted at 6:27 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:


"I was in Med school and was going to go to help/volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Halloween party," writes Jamie Lyn Reinschmidt of Roseville.

"On my way there, I went into the ditch, fairly close to home but unfortunately still too far away. I was taken to the service station close by and had to wait for my car to be retrieved. The only hitch was that I was in my costume in order to be ready: a black cat complete with tail..."

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"...I could not count how many comments I received while waiting (lots of "cat calls" as it were). Unfortunately, I never got to the party myself but the party did go on for the families/kids."

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.