WORD ON THE STREET: What will winter be like?

The Enterprise asked random people in downtown Park Rapids, “What will this winter be like in northern Minnesota? What leads you to think that? And when will the snow fly?” Here are their answers.

Photos and composite by Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise

Nikki Gack: “I think it’s gonna be very snowy and hopefully not too long. My kiddos think that it’s gonna be snowy. They were the ones that decided that. I think they’re hoping for snow, so they can play in the snow. I’m gonna say the first snow that we’ll see will probably be end of October.” Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise, Oct. 6, 2021

Denise Lowen: “I think we’re gonna have a lot of snow, just because it was such a dry summer. We’re living in a camper right now until our house gets done, so I hope it’s not until opening weekend of deer hunting.” Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise, Oct. 6, 2021


Ron Johnson: “Usually, the heaviest snow has been earlier in the winter, and then January hasn’t given us hardly any snow. February was the cold air last year. I don’t know if I can make a prediction, but I think come December, we’ll probably get the snow this year. After that, who knows? I wanna go ice fishing on Lake of the Woods in January, so I’m hoping there’s ice in there.” Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise, Oct. 6, 2021

Valerie Bedsted: “I think we’re gonna have a snowy, good winter, better than last, because it was such a dry summer and we need it. And we deserve a good winter. I think we’ll have our first snowfall, probably, around Halloween. I bet it’ll be a big dump on Halloween, that weekend. I love winter. After last winter, we deserve a good winter with lots of good snow.” Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise, Oct. 6, 2021

Fred Luckeroth: “A cold winter, because this is Minnesota. It’s always gonna be cold in northern Minnesota. Just looking at the forecast, you know, it could change so quickly. I would say, probably by Nov. 1.” Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise, Oct. 6, 2021

Beth Johnson: “Hard, long and beautiful, because the Farmer’s Almanac tells us that, and the needles are falling early, the pine cones are abundant and are getting ready to propagate. I’ll pick a date of Nov. 4.” Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise, Oct. 6, 2021

Opinion by Robin Fish
Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at or 218-252-3053.
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