Flashback Friday: 1982 Ended With Blizzard in Twin Cities

December 29, 2017 11:37 AM

There was no post-holiday rest and recreation in the Lind household in Northeast Minneapolis 35 years ago this week.

In fact, Carol Lind's husband Jim was working non-stop.


Jim Lind was the deputy public works director for the City of Minneapolis;, and when 16.5 inches of snow fell in the Twin Cities overnight and during the day on Dec. 28, 1982, there was an awful lot of coordinating that needed to be done.

"He was a very busy guy," Carol Lind recalls. "He was the one who had to call everyone to get the plows out and get everything coordinated."

There was certainly plenty to plow. The snowfall, which still ranks as the ninth-heaviest in Twin Cities history, turned downtown Minneapolis into a ghost town the next day.

It closed businesses and caused the U.S. Postal Service to cease delivery. It even caused (not for the last time) the collapse of the roof at the Metrodome, touching off a frantic round of repairs to get the place ready for a Monday Night Football matchup against the Dallas Cowboys days later.

It was, and the Vikings beat Dallas 31-27 despite a 99-yard touchdown run by Tony Dorsett.

In all, the blizzard was responsible for at least 15 deaths in the state - many of those, according to reports in the Star Tribune, due to heart attacks suffered while shoveling snow.

The Associated Press reported a Worthington couple returning home from Kansas City survived after being stranded for around 10 hours in their car with their 7-month old son.

Norris Sorenson was then the police chief in Isanti, and he remembers driving conditions being almost impossible during the storm.

"People couldn't get around at all," he said. "We had to help push a lot of cars out. There were road blocks up. It was a bad day all around."

A day Lind's wife recalls him barely making it back for.

"He had been out of town," Carol Lind said. "I think he was on one of the last planes that was able to land (at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport). I remember I had gone out and shoveled a path up the driveway so he could get in."

It was all enough to wear Twin Cities residents out.

"I'm kind of mad at snow," one weary shoveler told KSTP. "It's too much."

Yet another person, captured on camera by a KSTP crew, seemed refreshed by it all, asking a passer-by with a snowblower to douse him with it.

His request was granted.


Frank Rajkowski

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