Halloween 91

Digging out became an archeological exercise.

Thursday, Oct. 31, 1991 is remembered by many as the day and night of the Halloween Blizzard. Heavy, wet snow began falling the afternoon of Oct. 31 and by the time the snow stopped the next day, a total of 28 record setting inches of snow had fallen.

The Country Messenger of November 6 reported on the storm:

“The snow storm, which began on Thursday, October 31, and dumped more than 28” of snow on the area by Sunday, claimed the life of a Marine on St. Croix woman, Rose Mary Voelker, 59, by nightfall. Rose Mary dies in an auto accident on Highway 97 west of Scandia when her car went out of control and was struck by a school bus. No serious injuries were reported among the bus driver or children.”The November 6 edition of the Messenger also included this story by P. Hermes:

“Snow, Snow And More Snow!

“It was one big trick and no treat as the Halloween snowstorm blew in to the area. While roads because slippery as early as Thursday night, the worst was yet to come in the way of mountains of snow. Schools closed Friday and by the time 24 hours had passed, 28.4” of the heavy white stuff was on the ground, stranding most area residents in their homes. Then, the winds came.

“The first hope of moving (other than by snowmobile) came Sunday morning as the plows were finally heard on township roads. Some local folks were still digging out on Monday! And winter hasn’t started!”

The 1991-1992 winter proved to be highest snowfall at 81.3”. The record stood until the winter of 2013-2014 with 83.4”.

No snow is forecast for this Halloween, with mostly sunny skies and a high of 48.

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