Yes, we are getting a lot of snow these first months of 2019! But here in the “Bold North” we can handle it. We’ve been coping with snow for a long time, and often with the tradition of a blizzard during tournament time
Here’s an article from the Hibbing Daily Tribune on Saturday, March 16, 1957. Cars were stuck in snow drifts and newspaper carriers delivered the paper using snowshoes. In the days before snowblowers were common, neighbors helped each other to shovel sidewalks.
The boys’ regional basketball playoffs were underway. On Friday night, as the blizzard moved out of the Arrowhead, Hibbing defeated Lindstrom-Center City in a Region 7 semi-final game to set up the region final between Hibbing and Tower-Soudan (who had defeated Duluth Central).
~ Mary Palcich Keyes
Hibbing today slowly dug its way out from under an accumulation of more than a foot of snow left by one of the most severe storms in recent years.
Snowplows worked continuously through the night, and main highways and streets were in good condition today. Snow removal crews continued at work today “winging back” banks and removing snow from the streets.
Mail carriers today tramped through the new snow with an accumulation of two days’ first-class mail. The first-class mail truck was unable to get through on Friday.
The Hibbing Daily Tribune erroneously reported that the DM&IR passenger train did not arrive Friday morning. The train did buck heavy drifts to arrive on time on Friday.
The Clusiau wrecker service was called Friday to buck snow-clogged streets in Merryview to take a maternity patient to the Hibbing General Hospital.
A county truck driver said that the storm was the worst in his memory for the number of stalled cars. He said that he counted 90 such cars in one stretch of road.
Both Mesabi Transportation Company and Northland Greyhound were operating buses on schedule as usual today,
The Municipal Airport will be closed down, however, with North Central Airlines flying only as far as Duluth. NCA officials expected the airport will be opened for resumption of regular flight service by Sunday.
Three additional inches of snow fell during the night on the Iron Range. Motorists were advised to travel with caution today over Minnesota roads as highway crews worked to clean up the last remnants of Friday’s heavy snowfall.