The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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December 9, 2012

Sunday snowday: Sledders hit hills, plows hit roads

MANKATO — After waking up Sunday and looking out the window of their home in Janesville, the Posas family knew exactly where they wanted to be: Sibley Park.

“We couldn’t wait to get out of the house and get to the hill,” Luis Posas said as he watched his wife, Levi, and 5-year-old daughter, Kimberly, take a run down the popular sliding hill. “The weather is great today and it’s nice to be out here. It’s not too windy.”

Mankato was on the southern edge of a snow storm that blew across Minnesota Sunday. Only a few inches fell in the Mankato area, but many cities to the north received between 9 and 15 inches.

After a mild winter last year, city workers were ready to be put to the test, said Mark Knoff, Public Works director. There were nine plows that hit the streets at 6 a.m. The work was done by 3 p.m., but Knoff said crews were planning to be back out on the road by 3 a.m. this morning. Not every neighborhood will be cleared before people start going to work, but the major roads should be ready.

Sunday’s snow storm wasn’t even close to a major event in Mankato, which would have resulted in a full force of 21 trucks plowing the streets and another five trucks plowing parking lots and trails, Knoff said.

It also helped that all of the trucks were checked and tested in October and November to make sure they were ready, he said. Drivers drove their routes to make sure there were no trees in the way and manholes weren’t sticking up too far above the street.

“The roads were still pretty warm so a lot of the snow melted,” he said. “Our biggest concern was the dropping temperatures. We didn’t want it to freeze on us.”

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