Winter-crazed man mows lawn in shorts amid blizzard [VIDEO]

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Our never-ending winter has evidently driven one Fargo man crazy.

If not insanity, what else explains Ryan Lindberg "mowing the lawn" in his shorts amid blizzard conditions?

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Como Park High reviewing fire protocol after swimsuit-clad student gets frostbite

Categories: Education, Winter
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WCCO screengrab -- Kayona Hagen-Tietz is at right.
Around 8:30 a.m. on February 26, the fire alarm went off at St. Paul's Como Park High School. It wasn't a drill.

Some students were wrapping up swimming class at the time. One of them, 14-year-old freshman Kayona Hagen-Tietz, had lingered in the pool longer than most of her classmates and ended up outside the school in her wet swimsuit, without shoes. Temperatures at the time were 5 below with a windchill 20 degrees colder.

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Minnesota farmer erects 50-foot snowman [PHOTOS]

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Granddaddy image via @BuzzFeedStorm on Twitter
Needing to move snow away from his greenhouses, a Gilman farmer named Greg Novak got creative.

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With the help of a silage blower, fenced-in silos, a 61-foot auger, and a 55-gallon barrel, Novak built a gigantic snowman, Granddaddy, that is 45 feet wide at the base and 50 feet tall, according to the St. Cloud Times.

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New restrictions mean parking in Minneapolis might be a mess until April

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Twitter
The city of Minneapolis imposed winter parking restrictions yesterday, meaning drivers face a $200-plus ticket and tow if they park on the even numbered side of non-Snow Emergency Routes.

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Minneapolis's move came days after Minnesota's most recent snowpocalypse left some city streets too narrow for emergency vehicles to safety operate.

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Hundreds of cars towed in back-to-back snow emergencies

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Daniel Dix via @DDwx
At the ready: Twin Cities cars on Thursday night.
Between Monday and Wednesday, Minneapolis crews plowed the equivalent of a one-lane road between Minneapolis and Anchorage, Alaska. Last night, they started doing it all over again.

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Minnesota snowpocalypse 2014: Top tweets

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@DDwx on Twitter
Snowpocalypse 2014 brought eight inches or more of white stuff down upon us. The end result is a gridlocked Friday afternoon that has the vibe of the pleasant snow days of our childhood, at least for those of us who can avoid the roads.

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As is the case whenever the weather gods attack us, Twitter is a fun place to be right about now. Here are 15 most amusing snowpocalypse tweets we've seen.

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Check out this crazy video of the demolition derby on I-35 near Forest Lake

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Just a day ago many of us winter-savvy Minnesotans were mocking Atlanta for becoming something akin to a Walking Dead set thanks to icy roads and a couple inches of snow.

Those jokes aren't quite as funny today, are they?

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It was especially no laughing matter for drivers headed down an ice-coated I-35 this morning. Check out this crazy footage caught by a traffic cam near Forest Lake:

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Garry Kontz found dead after his car gets stuck in blizzard

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Kontz died after leaving his vehicle, which was stuck in snow outside a small town.
-- Update at bottom --

McLeod County authorities confirmed today that 55-year-old Garry Kontz was the man who was found dead yesterday morning more than two miles from his car, which had gotten stuck amid blizzard conditions on Sunday night.

According to Chief Deputy Tim Lagenfeld, the sheriff's department received a call just after 8 a.m. about a missing man "who had gotten stuck in a vehicle" near an intersection south of the city of Stewart, which is located about 70 miles west of Minneapolis. He hadn't been heard from since 11 p.m. Sunday night. Temperatures in the area that night dropped as low as nine below.

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Among states, Minnesota sending second-highest number of athletes to winter Olympics

Categories: Sports, Winter
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Start 'em young: Pond hockey in White Bear Lake.
The U.S. Olympic Committee announced the team for this year's winter Olympics yesterday, and it's a doozy: 230 members, the most for any nation in the history of the winter games.

The country is amping up for international competition, sure. But the team list also sparks some rivalry between states, and in that contest, Minnesota's tied for silver.

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Check out these amazing pictures of Lake Superior ice caves

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Photos by Mary Dougherty
If there's a bright spot to the polar vortex, it's this: the frozen ice caves of Lake superior.

Since 2009, safety concerns have made the Apostle Islands off limits, but a deep freeze now clears the way. Wisconsin officials are hoping weather conditions allow the caves to remain open for another six weeks, though they admit that Old Man Winter has been especially fickle this year.

One quiet morning, Mary Dougherty and her family made the mile-walk and marveled at the stark white icicles, warm sandstone and unseen swells of water below their feet. She came back with dozens of stunning photographs of what she likens to a cathedral.

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