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Monday snow day

Beckman Motschenbacher watches as his snow blower throws 20-plus inches of snow from his sidewalk in SW Wadena Tuesday morning. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal

Area residents dug out of the biggest snowstorm seen this season and possibly in years Tuesday morning after snow finally stopped falling Monday evening.

While snow totals were around a foot, wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour caused drifting of several feet in some areas.

Beckman Motschenbacher was blowing snow from around his home in southwest Wadena Tuesday morning and considered himself lucky to have a snow blower with such wet, heavy snow.

"We haven't seen snow like this in a long time," Motschenbacher said.

Snow totals for the area included 10 inches in Wadena, 13.5 in Nimrod and the greatest amounts reported in the state were recorded in Bluffton and Menahga, both seeing 14 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.

Wadena County Sheriff's Office staff responded to 40 vehicles that went off the roadway on Monday, according tot Erika Penner, jail programmer for Wadena County.

The Minnesota State Patrol assisted in six crashes and 28 vehicles that went off the road in the last two days in Otter Tail and Wadena counties. Statewide they assisted with 353 crashes, involving 42 injuries; 546 vehicles that ran off the road; and 20 jackknifed semi-trucks, according to Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol.

Area schools were closed Monday and Wadena-Deer Creek Schools were two-hours late on Tuesday morning.

Temperatures are expected to hover in the upper 20s and low 30s with a chance of more snow Friday night and into Saturday in Wadena, according the NWS.

Michael Johnson

Johnson is a graduate of Verndale Public School. He earned his associate's degree from Central Lakes College with an emphasis in English and natural resources. He earned his bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he graduated cum laude in 2008. While there, he double-majored in English and Print Journalism. He's reported for The Advocate, student newspaper of MSUM; The Barnesville Record Review in Barnesville, Minn.; Clay County Historical Society in Moorhead, Minn.; Gillette News Record in Gillette Wyo.; Underwood News in Underwood, N.D.; and The Leader-News in Washburn, N.D. and the Brainerd Dispatch in Brainerd, Minn. Johnson has worked as a reporter for the Pioneer Journal and Perham Focus since Nov. 2017.

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