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Flashback Friday: 1968 Blizzard

December 20, 2013, 7:31 AM

Flashback Friday: 1968 Blizzard

The light dose of snow this week is nothing compared to the 41 inches Mother Nature dumped on KELOLAND in 1968.

In this edition of Flashback Friday, we take a stroll down a very chilly memory lane with former reporter Bart Kull:

Eastern South Dakota was slowly beginning to dig out of one of its worst snow emergencies in years. A convoy of five pieces of heavy snow removal equipment was sent all the way from the Ellsworth Air Force Base to be dispatched to the worst areas, that year. The state civil defense office also supplied 20 pieces of equipment.

Residents had to deal with shoulder-high drifts, occasional ground blizzards and often poor to no visibility.

Farmers and ranchers worried about their livestock running out of food and some people were without food or fuel during the big storm.

It took about two weeks to get all of the roads open.

Watch the video to see Kull’s full report and check out more videos from our archives online.

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