Color image of a resident of Minneapolis digging a car out of the snow after the Halloween Blizzard, 1991. Photograph by Rita Reed, Minneapolis Star Tribune.

A resident of Minneapolis digging a car out of the snow after the Halloween Blizzard

A resident of Minneapolis digging a car out of the snow after the Halloween Blizzard, 1991. Photograph by Rita Reed, Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Color image of a car stuck in the snow during the Halloween Blizzard, 1991. Photograph by Duane Braley, Minneapolis Star Tribune.

A car stuck in the snow during the Halloween Blizzard

A car stuck in the snow during the Halloween Blizzard, 1991. Photograph by Duane Braley, Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Color image of children trick-or-treating during the Halloween Blizzard, 1991. Photograph by Brian Peterson, Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Children trick-or-treating during the Halloween Blizzard

Children trick-or-treating during the Halloween Blizzard, 1991. Photograph by Brian Peterson, Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Color image of Jack-o'-lanterns covered in snow during the Halloween Blizzard, 1991. Photograph by Richard Sennott, RPA, Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Jack-o'-lanterns covered in snow during the Halloween Blizzard

Jack-o'-lanterns covered in snow during the Halloween Blizzard, 1991. Photograph by Richard Sennott, RPA, Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Halloween Blizzard, 1991

On October 30, 1991, no one in Minnesota foresaw a blizzard. Local meteorologists predicted a few inches of snow. The snow began to fall in the early to mid-afternoon of October 31—Halloween Day— and fell steadily for almost three days. When it stopped, snow measured over thirty inches in the eastern part of Minnesota, from Duluth to Dodge Center, breaking a record set in 1882.

Color image of a Sioux Quartzite ridge and hiking trail at Pipestone National Monument, 2010. Photograph taken by flicker user Brian Jeffery Beggerly.Sioux Quartzite ridge and hiking trail at Pipestone National Monument, 2010. Photograph taken by flicker user Brian Jeffery Beggerly.

Sioux Quartzite ridge and hiking trail at Pipestone National Monument

A Sioux Quartzite ridge and hiking trail at Pipestone National Monument, 2010. Photograph taken by flicker user Brian Jeffery Beggerly.

Dayton’s Bluff

Dayton’s Bluff in the early twentieth century. Hays’s body was found near the barge on the left. Used with the permission of Gary Brueggemann, in whose book, Minnesota’s First Murder Mystery (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2013), the map originally appeared.

Black and white photograph of Carver’s Cave (Wakan Tipi), 1875.

Carver’s Cave (Wakan Tipi)

Carver’s Cave (Wakan Tipi), 1875.

Color image of the “Three Sisters” tree in Blue Mounds State Park, 2005.

“Three Sisters” tree in Blue Mounds State Park

“Three Sisters” tree in Blue Mounds State Park, 2005.

Color image of Bluestem (prairie grass) with a quartzite outcrop in the background inside Blue Mounds State Park, 1998.

Bluestem (prairie grass) with a quartzite outcrop in the background inside Blue Mounds State Park

Bluestem (prairie grass) with a quartzite outcrop in the background inside Blue Mounds State Park, 1998.

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