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Winter Storm Wreaks Havoc Across the State

Posted at: 12/09/2012 9:29 PM
Updated at: 12/09/2012 10:47 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

A winter storm buried the Twin Ports under about six inches of snow in some places. The snowstorm lasted more than 24 hours and made roads slippery. As of 8 p.m. Sunday night, there were almost 600 crashes statewide and one fatality, according to state troopers.

People in Duluth had to dig themselves out from underneath the powder and many people got stuck trying to leave the house.

"I've been stuck on the other side of the street for like ten minutes," driver Brienne West said. "Now, I'm stuck on this side of the street. I love Minnesota snow when I'm snowboarding and that's about it."

This snowstorm canceled 150 flights at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, including a few flights that were headed for Duluth.

While snow meant extra work for people in the Northland, some people took advantage of the powder. Ryan Trombly and Craig Eggebraaten spent their afternoon helping people shovel their driveways in the Lakeside neighborhood.

"We've been doing it for the older people for free," Trombly said. "So, they don't have to come out here and risk falling and stuff like that."

Other people did the chores themselves, like Thelma and Craig Schaumberg who shoveled their driveway in the Kenwood area multiple times.

"If I would have known it'd be this much, I should have started the snow blower," Craig said.

Places in southwestern Minnesota reported almost 16 inches of snowfall.

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