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Will Mielenz and Beth Fandel, dressed as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, walk along Lake Harriet to the start of the Reindeer Run to officially start the 26th annual 5k walk and run in Minneapolis, Minn., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.

David Joles, Associated Press

Minnesota hit be worst cold stretch since 1970s

  • Associated Press
  • December 16, 2013 - 10:50 AM

BRAINERD, Minn. — Forecasters say it hasn't been this cold for this long in north central Minnesota since Richard Nixon was in the White House and gas was 36 cents a gallon.

The National Weather Service in Duluth looked at the coldest 6-day stretches and found it was 1972 when it last has been this cold in Crow Wing County. The stretch from Dec. 6 to 11 averaged about 6 degrees above zero.

The Brainerd Dispatch reports the coldest December stretch on record was 1927 with an average temperature of 7½ degrees below zero.

International Falls set a record on Sunday morning with a low temperature of 32 degrees below zero. The weather service says that's 1 degree lower than the city's previous record for Dec. 15 set in 1975.

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