WARROAD, Minn. (AP) _ A little cold doesn't bother this small, frigid town a few miles south of the Canadian border.

''It's just an everyday thing,'' former Olympic hockey star Roger Christian said Tuesday, hours after Warroad had shared the nation's low-temperature honors with a 28 below reading.

In fact, the Christian Bros. hockey stick manufacturing plant founded by Christian and his brother Bill, also a former Olympian, had everyone at work Tuesday.

''Life goes on,'' said Susie Willems, a desk clerk at The Patch Motel. ''I got to work on time. My car started.'' But some guests' didn't, she conceded.

Warroad and Huron, S.D., both recorded 28 below, the lowest official temperature in the contiguous 48 states, the National Weather Service said.

Unofficial readings of 30 below at Embarrass, 29 below near Tower and 28 below at Isabella were reported Tuesday as arctic air gripped Minnesota and much of the Midwest.

Although the frigid weather is an inconvenience, ''it's nothing out of the ordinary,'' Mrs. Willems said.

The Roseau County sheriff's office said Tuesday there were no reports of stranded motorists or emergencies arising from the chilly weather.

Today's high is is expected between zero to 5 below, but on Saturday the temperature is forecast to plunge to 30 below. ''Nothing unusual about that at all,'' said weather service meteorologist Bill Togstad in Minneapolis.

The subzero temperature was welcome news for ice fishermen and hockey enthusiasts in Warroad, a town of nearly 2,400 about 5 miles south of the Canadian border.

''There's lots of hockey games, there's lots of ice fishing'' to help residents get through the winter, said President Frank Marvin of Marvin Windows, the area's largest employer with more than 2,700 employees.

Most employees made it to work at the window manufacturer Tuesday, Marvin said.

''It was a little bit of a shock Monday morning coming back to work'' after the New Year's holiday weekend, he said. ''A lot of people got caught in their garages (with dead batteries), and gas stations were real busy, but I think everyone's on track this morning.''

Mayor Gary Hendrickson, a teacher at Warroad High School, said few students stayed away from class Tuesday despite cold.

Hendrickson, who remembered a day in 1970 when the temperature plunged to 52 below, said residents are used to the cold. ''They dress warm,'' he said, though admitting, ''We don't like the cold as much as anybody else.''