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Arland Wisted, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Published March 20 2014

Letter: Winter has been tough, but it was a lot colder in 1930s

Now that the long, cold months of December, January and February are behind us, we are looking forward to warmer weather – think spring. I have heard from many people about the cold winter. Yes, it was a long cold spell. I thought it would be proper to relate what the winter of the mid-1930s was like.

We had no inner-city school buses nor any storm days. We walked to school; very few people drove cars. There was no hot lunch program; kids carried their lunch or walked home for lunch. Noon hour was one hour and 15 minutes. Sidewalks and streets were not plowed like they are now. Clothing is much better today compared to our heavy sheepskin coats of the ’30s.

The day it was 46 degrees below zero, my mother wanted to pack our lunches. There were five kids in my family, ages 11 to 18 years old. We told her, “No way, we will come home for a hot meal.” We had 11 blocks to walk to get home. We were tough Norwegians.

Oh, I might add, we were “blessed” with outdoor plumbing.

Yes, we did survive those years.