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30 below? Snow? Hearty Minnesotans stay positive amid the negative

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Mother Nature stashed Minnesota in the freezer a few days ago and it looks like it'll be several more before we return to the comparative comfort of the refrigerator. But through it all, residents have been able to grin and bear it, with some finding ways to have fun through the frigid weekend.

As usual, the most eye-popping numbers were in northern Minnesota. The Duluth News Tribune reports the tiny town of Brimson was the state's cold spot Sunday morning, with a low of 38 below. Hibbing, Embarrass, and Crane Lake all hit 35 below, with Ely and Cook reaching 33 below.

Those numbers might help people feel better in the Twin Cities, where the mercury climbed above zero each day. But as the Pioneer Press reports, forecasters see no real warm-up in Minnesota before Friday.

In the Twin Cities and southeastern Minnesota, a few inches of new snow together with winds of up to 20 mph could make for a tricky commute on Monday morning, KAAL reports.

In issuing a winter weather advisory, the National Weather Service says 2 to 4 inches of snow may fall along and southeast of a line from New Ulm through the Twin Cities into Wisconsin.

Those brisk winds will send wind chill readings down in the 25 to 30 below range across an area that also includes southwestern and central Minnesota, the Weather Service says in a wind chill advisory for Monday morning.

So did everybody spend the weekend huddled around radiators and fireplaces?

Well, what's the opposite of you betcha?

KARE showed more than 1,500 runners who proved that people who run in the cold don't lollygag. They were hustling through the 26th annual Reindeer Run around Lake Harriet in Saturday's sub-zero temperatures.

"We briefly thought about cancelling, but when saw that the wind wasn't too bad, we said let's go," said race organizer Greg Franzen. "We're Minnesotans!"

Despite the bitter cold, other events went on as planned across the Twin Cities. The Bethel University football team played in the Division-III playoffs; it was cold enough on the field, but at least the players got the chance to move around. Fans in the stands wore layers to withstand the temperatures hovering around ten below zero. The Holidazzle parade in downtown Minneapolis also went on as scheduled.

The Duluth News Tribune had a feature story on families cheerfully choosing Christmas trees after trudging into the woods in the brisk eight-below temperatures. It was the coldest year on record for the 12th annual tree cut at the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center. Customers paid $12 per tree for the privilege of a fresh specimen from the north woods.

Meanwhile, KSTP reported that the brutal cold makes the work of paramedics more difficult. During a ride along with a crew assigned to the Hennepin County Medical Center, the KSTP crew showed how narrowed streets with ice and snow piles make it trickier for ambulances to navigate the city. Unshoveled sidewalks can delay paramedics when every second counts. Paramedics also asked that snow be removed from house numbers so that they can locate patients in an emergency.

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