Marilyn Hagerty: Winter is winter

Winter has settled in with us this January. And Mother Nature is seeming to tell us she means business.

Marilyn Hagerty
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Dear Sandy Mason,

How are things down there around Tucson? I trust you and Earl and all the family are doing well?

Winter has settled in with us this January. And Mother Nature is seeming to tell us she means business. So far things are OK. Winter is winter. Some of us actually like it!

When I look around through history I am reminded of the blizzards of the past. There was the Red River Valley blizzard of 1941. And it was sometimes called the storm of the century. It was March 15 to 18 with a death toll of 72 in North Dakota and Minnesota.

There have been many blizzards. I do remember the blizzard March 3 to 5 in 1966. It was during Lent. Everything closed. No school at UND


Many around here remember that blizzard.

Among them are Jeannen and Jon McMillan who now live in Grand Forks at Wheatland Terrace. They moved there after long years on their farm near Fordville, which is now run by their sons.

Jeannen was a UND student from Inkster during the blizzard of 1966. Jon McMillan from Fordville was a student at South Dakota State in Brookings. He later transferred to UND in Grand Forks.

Jeannen remembers that Wednesday night. “We went to the Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel. Things seemed just fine. But as we walked home, it was snowing heavily.”.

Then there was March 3, 4 and 5. No school at UND, she says. “We napped by day — played cards at night.”

She was majoring in political science.

Jeannen Finley of Inkster and John McMillan of Fordville have been married for 56 years. Now making their home in Grand Forks, they look out the window to know about the weather.

“Not like the farm,” they say. “Still a good place to be.”


The snow is deeply piled. And Mother Nature may be thinking of having it piled up more before she is done for this year. She has been known to leave the snow lingering around as late as May.

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