State Trooper's Car Drilled by Truck Doing 60 MPH During Last Week's Snow Storm (Video)

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Screenshot of Minnesota Department of Public Safety Video
State Trooper Kristie Sue Hathaway walked away from the scary wreck
Last week we reported on Thursday's traffic apocalypse, when wind, snow, and slick roads combined to create 654 crashes throughout the day.

Trouble continued overnight and into Friday morning's commute. The State Patrol says it responded to a total of 855 crashes from 8 a.m. Thursday until 10 a.m. Friday -- four of them involving state trooper vehicles.

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Weather Channel Chief Says There's No Such Thing as Too Cold, Maybe

Categories: Weather, Winter

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Courtesy of Wikipedia
Smile, folks. There's no such thing as too cold.

Twenty-mile-an-hour wind gusts ripped a hole in yesterday morning. At Edenvale Park in Eden Prairie, two bundled figures enjoyed a late start to the school day by exchanging tape-to-tape passes on an otherwise lonely rink.

The southwest suburb's municipal warming houses were declared open for business at 9 a.m. At the same time, the Weather Channel reported fabulously sunny skies and a temperature of -8 that felt like -30 with the wind.

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Five Places Colder Than Minnesota Right Now

Categories: Weather, Winter

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Tatiana Crane
Hey, it could be worse
Hey, have you guys heard it's really frickin' cold out today? Ten bucks says that was the first topic of conversation when you got into work this morning.

Most Minnesotans accept that a bitterly cold January is just part of living here, but for those out there dreaming of July sun, pontoon cruises and backyard barbeques we're here to remind you that it could always be worse.

Here are five places colder than Minnesota right now:

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Minnesotans Poised to Profit from Deadly Cold

Categories: Business, Winter

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Photo by kellinahandbasket
Ten minutes out there and it's instant frostbite.

It's going to be a week of subzero temperatures, deadly roads, and winds that feel like ice daggers in the face. Yet while students all over Minnesota have taken to Twitter to alternately flatter and threaten Gov. Mark Dayton for no-school days, some local businesses are reveling at the chance to reap unprecedented profits from historical chills.

The guys who are making light of the cold -- and big bucks -- on the dawn of Snowpocalypse II are your local auto shops, pizza delivery drivers, boot-makers, and babysitters (for the chosen school districts). Homegrown industrial giant Cargill has been working around the clock to fill salt storehouses in anticipation of brutal winter storms.

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Letting Your Car Engine Warm Up Is a Huge Waste of Time and Money

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Pixabay
Quit idling and just let 'er rip
The practice of letting your car's engine "warm up" for a few minutes, allowing it to gracefully awaken from its arctic slumber, is deeply ingrained in the Tips That Help You Survive Winter everyone from Minnesota knows.

It makes sense, at least to people who know nothing about cars. It's like the mechanical equivalent to stretching before exercise. But studies done by both the United States and Canadian governments found cars don't benefit from idling at all.

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Minnesota Was Warmer Than Arizona and Most of Florida Yesterday

Categories: Weather, Winter

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@weatherchannel
Bizarre is the new normal when it comes to weather

Yesterday morning Minnesota hit a record high of 51 degrees, which was warmer than almost everywhere else in the nation.

The unbelievable mid-December heat wave had the state feeling as warm as just about anywhere on either coast, but Daniel Luma with the National Weather Service station in Chanhassen said things will quickly return to normal.

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St. Cloud Cathedral Kills Snow Days

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David Wiley via Creative Commons
Is new technology going to eliminate snow days?

Scores of kids around the state had school cancelled due to Monday's snowstorm, leaving them free to sleep in, sit back, and enjoy a free extended weekend courtesy of Mother Nature.

Lazy students got an extra day to procrastinate writing that paper they put off all weekend, while others had a chance to go sledding, build a snow fort, or, more likely, sit inside while live-tweeting a Netflix binge.

Unfortunately for students at St. Cloud's Cathedral High School, that wasn't the case.

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How was Metro Transit Bus Service During Winter's First Storm? [GRAPH]

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Ben Johnson
A look at Metro Transit's bus service during the winter's first storm (No data available at 9:00)


Most of the metro didn't get nearly the 6-15 inches of snow the weather terrorists meteorologists said we were getting yesterday, but that didn't stop the roads from freezing and turning traffic into the crawling hellscape we've come to expect every winter.

We know the agony of waiting at a bus stop, late and cold, wondering when (or if) your ride will ever show up. Here's a graph made using Metro Transit's frequent social media updates showing it pays to hop out of bed and get going early. (Or just hit the snooze and take a half day.)

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Hennepin County says it didn't know about pothole that gave man concussion [PHOTO]

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-- Update at bottom --

A Hennepin County spokesperson tells us officials hadn't heard about an axle-busting south Minneapolis pothole near the intersection of 46th Street and Minnehaha Avenue that concussed a man until Fox 9 put together a story about it for last night's 9 o'clock news.

Workers "didn't know that was there but saw the story," Kayla Bromelkamp, public affairs officer for Hennepin County, says. "They went out there this morning and fixed it immediately."

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Snowdiculous: Top images from Minnesota's April snowstorm

Categories: Weather, Winter
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@jenyoung18 on Twitter
After the winter we just endured, Minnesotans couldn't be blamed for experiencing some PTSD this morning when we woke up, saw white stuff on the ground, and heard the sound of ice being scraped off cars in driveways and on streets.

Of course, we tend to forget that the Twin Cities was rocked by a bigger snowstorm even later in the spring last year, but no matter -- it's mid-April and we don't deserve this crap anymore, dammit.

To help ease the pain a bit, we've compiled the best 10 April snowstorm-related images we've seen on Twitter below the jump.

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