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Having lived in Minnesota for about 12 years, Staff Writer William Crum has seen his share of freezing winters. But he says Oklahoma's ice is a force to be reckoned with.
by William Crum Published: December 22, 2013

How do you people live with this ice in Oklahoma?!

Seriously, I lived in Minnesota for the better part of 12 years.

People think it's the tundra. It is.

Before we moved to the Twin Cities from northern Indiana, my wife said, “You know, they plow roads on the lakes in the winter and drive out to their ice shacks.”

“No, they don't,” I said.

Yes, they do.

We lived one winter by Medicine Lake in the suburbs west of downtown Minneapolis.

Hardy souls drag their ice shacks out onto the lake. When it snows, they plow the roads that wind through their temporary fishing village.

For a few months, if you dare, you can drive straight across the lake. That saves the 15 minutes it takes to drive around either end in the summer.

Temps in the mid-20s? Here in central Oklahoma, you gather the children and let the faucets drip.

Try 24 below. When the school bus comes, you remind your first-grader to keep his hood on his head and send him off into the deep freeze.

The coldest day of the year in Minneapolis is around Jan. 20. A month after the sun hits its low point, the temperature bottoms out.

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by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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