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January 5, 1988

WARROAD, Minn. (AP) _ This small town just south of Canada shared the nation’s official low temperature Tuesday morning when the mercury sank to 28 below zero, but the distinction failed to impress the locals.

″It’s just an everyday thing,″ said former Olympic hockey star Roger Christian. He and his brother Bill, also a former Olympic star, founded Christian Brothers Inc., a Warroad hockey stick manufacturer where everyone made it in to work Tuesday morning.

″Life goes on,″ said Susie Willems, a desk clerk at The Patch Motel. ″I got to work on time. My car started. Some guests had difficulty getting their cars started.″

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

Elsewhere in northern Minnesota, unofficial readings included 30 below zero at Embarrass, 29 below near Tower and 28 below at Isabella.

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

A deputy at the Roseau County sheriff’s office said Tuesday there were no reports of stranded motorists or emergencies arising from the chilly weather. ″It’s just awful darn cold,″ said the deputy, who did not want his name used.

Overnight lows the rest of the week could be around 30 below, said weather service meteorologist Bill Togstad in Minneapolis.

″Nothing unusual about that at all,″ Togstad said.

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

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

Most workers made it to work 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 because of the cold.

Hendrickson, who remembers a day in 1970 when the temperature plunged to 52 below, said residents are used to the cold.

″They dress warm,″ he said, but admitted, ″We don’t like the cold as much as anybody else.″

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