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.

Color image showing shadows of visitors to Blue Mounds Quarry, 1995.

Shadows of visitors to Blue Mounds Quarry

Shadows of visitors to Blue Mounds Quarry, 1995.

Color image of a Bison jump site at Blue Mounds State Park, 1995.

Bison jump site at Blue Mounds State Park

Bison jump site at Blue Mounds State Park, 1995.

Color image of a sunrise during the autumnal equinox in Blue Mounds State Park, 1990.

Sunrise during the autumnal equinox in Blue Mounds State Park

Sunrise during the autumnal equinox in Blue Mounds State Park, 1990.

Color image of a Blue grosbeak, April 27, 2011. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user Dan Pancamo.

Blue grosbeak

Blue grosbeak, April 27, 2011. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user Dan Pancamo.

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