On this day in 1896...


A Thanksgiving day storm brings thunderstorms to southern Minnesota, blizzards to central and northern Minnesota, and a temperature of -45 degrees at Pokegama Dam in Pine County.

The temperature would go down as one of the coldest in state history until 1996, when a temperature of -60 degrees would be recorded in Tower, Minnesota.

It was also one one of the snowiest Thanksgivings in state history, and reports said wagon and rail traffic was at a stand still for up to 60 hours in some places.

Multiple deaths were reported thanks to snow drifts of up to 10 to 12 feet.

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