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25 years later, Tower still shivering after record breaking temperature

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National Weather Observer Kathy Hoppa shows off recording breaking temperature reading in Tower, MN on February 2, 1996. (File)

TOWER, MN -- 25 years later, some people are still shivering in Tower after the town marked the coldest instrument-measured temperature on record for the state of Minnesota.

On February 2, 1996 at 9:10 a.m., Kathy Hoppa, the National Weather Service observer near Tower, recorded 60 degrees below zero Fahrenheit in her backyard.

"Well besides being a little cold and nippy, I guess I'm rather pleased the Northeastern part of the state has credit for the change and not the other direction," said Hoppa.

That same morning, Roland Fowler recorded 53 below zero in Embarrass. He will tell you Embarrass was colder than Tower, however. An unofficial reading recorded -64.

We'll bring you back to Tower and Embarrass tonight on the KBJR 6 News at 5 & 6.

Kevin Jacobsen

News Director

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