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International Falls, MN is the "Icebox of the Nation"

The following article is from the AP by Jeff Baenen on 11 February 2008.

It lived up to its name: The temperature in International Falls fell to 40 below zero Monday, just a few days after the
northern Minnesota town won a federal trademark making it officially the "Icebox of the Nation."

It was so cold that resident Nick McDougall couldn't get his car trunk to close after he got out his charger to kick-start his dead battery. By late morning, the temperature had risen all the way to 18 — below zero.

"This is about as cold as it gets, this is bad. There's no wind — it's just cold," said McDougall, 48, a worker at The Fisherman, a convenience store and gas station in the town on the Canadian border. "People just don't go out, unless you have to go to work."

Residents of the area use electric engine block heaters to keep their cars from freezing.

"You plug in your car, for sure, and you put the car in the garage if you can," McDougall said. His garage is full of other things, so he had to park outside — a "big mistake."

The previous record low for Feb. 11 in International Falls was 37 below, set in 1967, said meteorologist Mike Stewart at the weather service in Duluth.

The temperature also fell to 40 below in Embarrass, 80 miles southeast of International Falls. That's just one degree above the all-time record in Minneapolis, 250 miles to the south, that was set in January 1888, the weather service said.

It was also a cold day in Winter. The town in northwest Wisconsin chilled to a low of 25 below. "You don't want to be out there too long," said Winter area resident Bill Warner, 37.

International Falls' & Minnesota's record temperatures.

I-Falls' lowest temperature ever recorded is -46 degrees on 6 January 1968. The highest temperature ever recorded is 99 degrees set on 17 and 18 June 1995.

However, Minnesota's state record low temperature did not occur at International Falls, but a town 76 miles southeast called Tower (67 miles north of Duluth, MN) which hit -60 on 2 February 1996. This is the same time frame that Wisconsin recorded their state's record low temperature at Couderay (14 miles west of Winter, WI) at -55 degrees Fahrenheit.


City of International Falls, MN (where the picture in my blog came from)
International Falls Chamber of Commerce
National Weather Service forecast and current conditions for International Falls, MN
Wikipedia's International Falls, MN
Maps can be found at Mapquest.com.

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