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Drifting snow caused whiteout conditions Jan. 26 along Highway 61 after a weekend snowstorm blew through the area. Bitter cold and snow characterized January weather that tested the resolve of even the heartiest Minnesotans. (Photo by Paul Kampe)

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Intense cold, strong winds and dangerous snow storms made January a month to remember in the annals of Minnesota winters.

The month started out cold after a blast of arctic wind Jan. 6 brought temperatures plummeting to near-historic lows across the state.

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The wind chill index in Red Wing registered at minus 49 degrees that morning, according to National Weather Service data. Shortly after 6 a.m., Cannon Falls hit an even more frigid minus 54.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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