SW Minn. welcomes snow after freezing rain

12:12 PM, Apr 11, 2013   |    comments
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LUVERNE, Minn. - It started snowing in Luverne about at about 9 p.m. and never have snowflakes been more welcome after more than 24 hours of freezing rain.

The icy condition toppled power lines and tree branches across southwest Minnesota. Thousands were left without power.

"The trees breaking, the little branches falling, all night it's been like that. It's been pretty horrible," said Brenda Rendon of Worthington.

Worthington was off the grid for much of Tuesday. Thick ice coated power lines which is bad enough, but then the wind begins a process known as galloping. Keep this up for long and sturdy power poles will snap like twigs.

Loss of power can be taxing for any home, but when the Juvenile Detention Center at Magnolia lost power, a hotel was no option. All 28 teens are being housed at the Luverne Armory.

Super: Rebecca Dreesen/Southwestern Youth Services

"A chess and checkers tournament is going on," said Rebecca Dreesen of Southwestern Youth Services. "We have movies going. We're trying to keep it as structured as we can."

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