- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015
Cold air surges into Minnesota; ski area closes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesotans are in for a spell of frigidly cold weather in the first full week of 2015.

Temperatures fell below zero in northern, central and western Minnesota early Sunday, including in International Falls, where the temperature fell to 22 below zero, and in Orr, where it hit 20 below, according to the National Weather Service.

The bitter cold prompted Spirit Mountain ski area in Duluth to close Sunday.

Minneapolis-St. Paul would struggle to warm up to zero Sunday, meteorologist Chris Franks said at the weather service office in Chanhassen.

“This is typically our coldest time of the year in Minnesota,” Franks said. He said snow on the ground and a dip south in the jet stream, allowing cold air from Canada to spill into Minnesota, also were contributing to the chill.

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1 dead in Minneapolis house fire

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A house fire in north Minneapolis has left one person dead.

Firefighters arrived shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday to find the house in flames.

The Minneapolis Fire Department says firefighters found the victim and provided treatment, then called for an ambulance. The department confirmed the death an hour later.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1xGXanchttps://strib.mn/1xGXanc ) reports the fire was extinguished shortly after firefighters arrived. The cause of the remains remained under investigation.

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Patrol: Woman may have been crawling across road

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota State Patrol says a woman may have been crawling across a Twin Cities freeway when she was struck and killed.

St. Paul police were called Friday night and found the body of 28-year-old Emily Boone on the southbound shoulder of Interstate 35E. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

State Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Tiffani Nielson says Boone appears to have been alone when she fell to the highway from a 15-foot retaining wall, and may have been crawling when she was hit.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1wOSvbJhttps://strib.mn/1wOSvbJ ) reports police are asking for help from the public in finding the vehicle that struck Boone. Authorities say the driver might not have known that a person had been struck.

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Duluth light show put away for another season

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - A lakefront light show in Duluth has been put away until next holiday season.

About 25 volunteers gathered Saturday to continue tearing down the Bentleyville Tour of Lights at Bayfront Park.

Nathan Bentley, founder of the holiday spectacle, tells WDIO-TV (https://bit.ly/1xHLNLFhttps://bit.ly/1xHLNLF ) the volunteers wanted to get all of the displays and cords off the grounds before heavier snow came.

Bentley say says although the display is over for the year, the work is not. He says the displays will be worked on over the summer to make sure every light is working for next season.

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