MARSHALL - After a few inches of snow fell Friday night, the sliding hill at Independence Park was the place to be Saturday morning as kids and a few of their parents brought out their sleds and snowboards.
After she did a few turns down the hill on her snowboard, Kaia Sueker said she was glad to finally get out and enjoy the snow. So were Erica Jones and Sofie Bock as they tried to push their toboggan down the hill.
"I was thinking it's pretty," Bock said of the newly-fallen snow.
Photos by Cindy Votruba
Sofie Bock and Erica Jones enjoy some time on the sliding hill Saturday morning at Independence Park before Sunday’s blizzard rolled in, with white-out conditions that closed state highways.
Saturday night into Sunday, even more snow fell and the winds picked up, blowing between 35-40 miles per hour. A blizzard warning was issued for Sunday in the area. At 3:05 p.m., all the state highways in Lyon County and the surrounding area were closed because of the blowing snow. The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, S.D. said that Marshall received 10 inches of snow, 13 inches fell in Ivanhoe, 14.5 inches fell in Hendricks, Slayton received 7 inches of snow and Granite Falls received 15.5 inches.
On Sunday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation advised no unnecessary travel in southwest and west central Minnesota because of the high winds. Many churches in the area canceled Sunday services, and other events were postponed or canceled.
But on Saturday, it was fun on the sledding hill. John Miller took his twin boys, Charlie and Jack, and their collection of sleds to the hill.
"They run me all morning saying, 'Dad, can we go now?'" John Miller said. "It's fun just watching them."
Victoria McDaniel was also out on the hill Saturday morning with her snowboard. Her mother, Dayna, said Victoria's been snowboarding for about three years and was anxious to get out on the hill.
"She was out in the snow as soon as she got off the bus (Friday)," Dayna McDaniel said.
Ron Seanor was bundled up and sitting on a camp chair as he watched his wife, Kris, and their two sons, Robbie and Andrew, enjoy the snow.
"Watch my new and improved way of snowboarding," Robbie Seanor said to his dad.
"It's a little hard getting up the hill," Kris Seanor said.
Carrie Gannott was walking her dog Benny up the side of the sliding hill on Saturday morning. She said it was so quiet and peaceful when the two went for a walk on Friday night
"It kept looking pretty," she said of the snow.
Kaitlyn Anderson was enjoying some sledding time with her siblings Kalli and Keagen. She said she likes to have snowball fights when it snows. Justin Jiskoot and his children, Easton and Ella, also enjoyed time together at the sledding hill. Easton Jiskoot was ready to make some snowballs.
Lyle Patzer of Patzer's Hardware said that "it's been fun, finally" to start selling snow removal equipment, such as snowblowers and shovels.
"Stuff is going out of here," he said on Saturday. "It started two days ago."
When snow is in the forecast, people get prepared, Patzer said.
"Service has been quite crazy," Patzer said.
"I was ready for it too, as long as I didn't have to travel anywhere," Dayna McDaniel said.
Driving on Friday night was a little dicey but doable said Dennis Stelter of Wood Lake, who had to drive to Marshall on Friday and Saturday.
"Things were moving at a reasonable speed, for the conditions," Stelter said about Friday's driving. "The county roads were messy."
Jan Mason of Lynd said it was icy and she couldn't see the road at times on Friday night.
"On my way home, I saw five squads," she said.