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The 1991 Halloween blizzard on the air and in the news

Posted at 1:00 PM on October 31, 2011 by Molly Bloom
Filed under: Climate

The Duluth News Tribune Attic blog is also looking back at the 1991 Halloween blizzard. Duluth got hit harder than the Twin Cities and it has some great archival photos from the storm, like this one:

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A group of current and former UMD students didn't let the heavy snow deter them from enjoying an afternoon in a hot tub at a home on Second Street on Nov. 1, 1991. Clockwise from far right are Kris Simon, Mike Erickson, Brenda Berglund, Cal Matten, Dennis Karp, Jay Lyle, Becky Sunnarberg, Aaron Stoskopf and Eric Rajala. (Dave Ballard / News-Tribune)









Here's a story from then MPR reporter Tom Fudge about how St. Paul coped with the blizzard. It features an interview with Ron Gardenhire, who at the time was the third base coach for the world champion 1991 Twins and was trying to get home to Kansas.

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MPR News' Gary Eichten spent a lot of time on air that day checking in with reporters around the state as well as people from the National Weather Service and others dealing with the repercussions of the storm. Here's a sampling of some of the people Gary talked to, including now CEO of American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio Jon McTaggart -- who was at the time running our St. Cloud station.

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The website TC Media Now collects and posts classic Twin Cities television clips and recently posted this half-hour special hosted by KARE 11's Paul Douglas. Click here to watch.

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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.