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April showers bring May flowers... but what do April blizzards bring?

On an early April weekend where most people were hoping for some sunshine and 50-degree days, Mother Nature surprised Otter Tail County residents with a thick covering of ice and inch upon inch of snow to top it off.

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Schools in Perham, New York Mills, Dent, Frazee, Battle Lake, and Detroit Lakes were all closed on Monday morning, in the aftermath of a blizzard that began on Saturday night, April 5.

"Once I heard that the township plows couldn't go out without doing extensive damage to the roadbed, we knew that the side roads wouldn't be passable for the kids," explained Perham-Dent School Superintendent Tamara Uselman about her decision to close the schools.

"Some people are reporting 14 inches of snow in the northern part of the district," Uselman said.

Thankfully, the city of Perham hadn't put away the snow removal equipment for the season just yet. The plows were ready to go as soon as the snowfall began to taper off.

"The snowplows started at about one o'clock this morning," said Perham City Manager Kelcey Klemm on Monday, April 7. "It was pretty much a full crew effort."

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