The weather always seems to be an important topic of discussion in
. I have been living here less than two months, people continue to tell me about the fierce winters of the upper Minnesota Midwest. Yet, one example of the fierce weather is all I need to appreciate the severity of the climate and the hardiness of the people that live here.
|Undated photo. Snow drift north of Elk River
SCHC collection 1990.201.068
, when the storms came, schools were dismissed. At the Sherburne County , country buses loaded with children headed out to deliver them safely home. When one bus did not return, search parties were organized and the worst was expected. Men of the search parties were forced to use skis to search the roads. After six hours of searching four miles of road, the children were found, safely sheltered at the Waterfield farm. Big Lake School
Elk River search parties using horses and sleds, barely survived the search. Stories published in All Hell Broke Loose, William Henry Hull describe rescue parties as returning safely to their homes, barely able to walk. “They were holding on to the horse reins and harnesses to keep from falling. Had the horses been unable to find their way back, they would surely have perished,” the author wrote.
Clearly, weather is a topic worthy of serious discussion in
. Even today, in the twenty-first century the snow of the upper Minnesota Midwest is an important consideration in daily life. I hope I am prepared for the coming winter. But, I also hope that another storm like the Armistice Day Blizzard never strikes again.