Enjoying winter? Don’t get complacent, as 1936 film shows


While winter, so far, has been relatively mild, it’s worth a look back about 82 years to a time in North Dakota when the snow and cold of winter was far, far from mild.

In fact, on February 15, 1936, the record low temperature for the state was set at -60 degrees in Parshall.

Minot recorded -49 degrees.

Couple that with a lot of snow and you have some bone-chilling, arm-aching conditions working outside.

At the time, a Dr. Wallace Joos took his film camera outside to document the recordbreaking conditions and highway crews working to open state roadways.

Joos edited the film and, decades later, the film was converted to VHS and then to DVD and, ultimately, uploaded to YouTube.

The film shows a snowplow as it relentlessly rams six to eight foot high snow banks covering the roads as spectators watch and play.

One interesting scene shows a young man on skis holding a rope tied to the back of a car being pulled along the snow along the side of the road.

The film runs just under four minutes and serves as a reminder of what could come — so don’t take today’s mild conditions for granted.

Ironically, the state would also set its record high temperature in 1936. On July 6, it reached 121 degrees in Steele.

You can watch the entire YouTube winter video here and below:

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