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Minnesotans Work Through Historic Cold Blast

Updated: 01/07/2014 7:30 AM
Created: 01/06/2014 12:51 PM KSTP.com
By: Katherine Johnson

The word "cold" just doesn't do this justice.

"It's just unbearable. That's what it is," said truck driver Terry Lybeck.

We found Lybeck ditching his delivery deadline and spending the night at the Lakeville Holiday Superstop for fear of breaking down.

"There's just no traffic out there," he said. "Hardly any body's running. I'd freeze to death before I got help," he said.

"Hopefully the truck don't stall on me," said Ignacio Lopez, another truck driver.

Not only is Lopez worried about his job, but he's worried about home. His house is one of 1,800 metro homes that lost power in the cold overnight, with his wife and 3-year-old granddaughter to worry about.  

"It went down to 54 degrees in the house," said Lopez.  "Hopefully the utilities turn on. If they don't, then I was maybe going to have to sit in the car."

We also found someone at the Superstop who had no other option but to spend the night in her car.

"I used these firemen-type warm sheets for the doors and windows to keep me and my cats warm in my van because I'm homeless," said Jill Fisette-Kes.

Sunday night, Fisette-Kes went through seven gallons of gas to keep herself and her cats warm. She's not in a shelter because she doesn't want to leave her animals behind.

"I'm trying to calculate it," she said about the cold. "That's what everybody's doing. They're trying to calculate it.  For their animals, for their kids, that's why they're keeping everybody indoors today because it's just too dangerous."

After our story aired on Midday, we were overwhelmed with calls and e-mails from viewers hoping to help Fisette-Kes out.  Thanks to those calls, she has many options for a warm place to stay for the rest of the week, proving there are still plenty of warm hearts in these brutal temperatures.


Minneapolis/St. Paul

Few Clouds
58°
65° | 40°
  • Feels like: 58° F
  • Wind: WNW 12mph
  • Humidity: 44%
  • Sun Plenty of sun
    65° | 50°
  • Mon Showers possible in the afternoon
    65° | 45°
  • Tue More clouds than sun
    53° | 36°
  • Wed More sun than clouds
    50° | 35°

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