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Lawrence Krawfcyk, custodian at the Commercial Apartments, helps clear the paved gazebo area in between the apartments and The Uptown on Monday. Photo by Zach Kayser, Pioneer Journal

Wadena hit with foot of snow Sunday

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Wadena saw more harsh winter weather Sunday, as a prolific storm dropped a one-foot average of snow on the area, said Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines of AccuWeather. Kines also said the storm opened with sleet, but intensified when the precipitation changed over to snow.

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"When that happened, the storm kind of went bonkers," Kines said.

Kines added that the storm was worsened by 15-20 mph winds, reaching its most intense point at around mid-day, easing off during the night. Although the massive blizzard in the northeast part of the U.S. made waves earlier, the storm that hit Wadena was an unrelated system that came out of the Rocky Mountains and moved northeast to affect Minnesota, Nebraska and the Dakotas, Kines said.

Local effects of the storm appeared to be minimal. As of Monday afternoon, no storm-related injuries had been treated at Tri-County Health Care's emergency room in the previous 24 hours, Communications Specialist Jilene Fiemeyer said. TCHC press releases said four clinics were closed during Sunday's storm, with the Sebeka clinic reopening Monday afternoon.

The roads were a different story. Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr said approximately 12 cars went in the ditch Sunday in Wadena County, as well as many additional ditched vehicles that the sheriff's office referred to a tow truck.

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