Jim Krumel: One city’s bitter cold is another’s heat wave

By Jim Krumel - jkrumel@limanews.com

Jim Krumel

Jim Krumel

Bottineau, North Dakota.

Have you ever been there? Did you even know such a place even existed?

Me either.

That is until Thursday’s newspaper landed on our front porch, right in front of the door (our Lima News carrier is great that way).

I was anxious to check out the weather map in The Lima News to see how cold it actually turned out to be on Wednesday — the day the Polar Vortex hovered over Ohio. The AccuWeather map is filled with all kinds of neat information. It noted the high temperature in Lima was 3 degrees while the low was 12 degrees below zero, which tied a record low set in 2019 for that day in Lima. The state’s high temperature Wednesday was 22 degrees in Portsmouth and the low was minus 14 in Defiance.

Just as I thought. Pretty cold.

But not as cold as Chicago, where a day earlier, a person hung a wet T-shirt outside to see how long it would take to freeze. A minute and a half later, it was as stiff as a board.

Which brings us to Bottineau, North Dakota, which is located just 10 miles south of the Canadian border.

All of the above is sissy weather compared to what the 2,284 living here experienced. On Wednesday, it had a low temperature of minus 44 degrees, making it the coldest place in the nation that day, according to AccuWeather.

Longtime Bottineau resident Brad Knudson shook off the cold weather during a telephone conversation Sunday. He’s the manager of Bottineau Winter Park, a local ski resort.

“It may get 30 below zero two or three times a year here, just as it may hit 100 degrees two or three times. I like to say the difference is you can dress for below zero, but you cannot dress for 100,” Knudson laughed.

The average high temperature in Bottineau during January is 15 degrees, while the average low is minus 4 degrees,

“The cold is just part of winter. Most people who live here are from families that go back generations. They’re used to the cold and proud of the community,” Knudson said.

Besides the ski resort, a Bottineau landmark is “Tommy Turtle,” the world’s largest turtle. The 30-foot fiberglass turtle was built in 1978 as a symbol for the nearby Turtle Mountains.

One of Bottineau’s famous citizens is Gary Dahl, who invented the pet rock.

Bottineau has an interesting town history.

It was an overnight stagecoach stop when founded in 1883 as Oak Creek. The town name was changed to Bottineau a year later in honor of Pierre Bottineau, a pioneer, hunter, and trapper who became a successful land speculator.

The town was originally located about 1½ miles north of its current location. The entire town was moved south in 1887 to where the Great Northern Railway was installing new tracks.

Today Bottineau includes a high school, middle and elementary schools as well as Dakota College at Bottineau. Seldom do they shut down for the cold.

“I won’t close the ski resort until it’s 20 below,” Knudson said. “When it gets that cold is when people start staying home.”

ROSES AND THORNS: The rose garden makes room for a girls basketball tradition.

Rose: To the Delphos St. John’s girls basketball program, which won its 700th game Tuesday. Those 700 games include 10 trips to the state finals and five state championships.

Rose: To Eddie Sturgill. Using DNA testing, the 57-year-old man from Alaska set out five years ago to find his biological father. That led him to Lima and Helen Lowery, who was his aunt. He learned his father, Irlan Duff, died in 1995 but was able to meet other family members on Saturday.

Rose: To Noah Dunlap, 16, of Wapakoneta. His hobby is sprint car racing. He owns a car with his grandfather and father and has been racing during the summer at Limaland and Eldora since he was 12.

Rose: Cleveland Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio and Indians radio announcer Jim Rosenhaus will hold a question and answer session for the public from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the James F. Dicke Hall, Ohio Northern University. Bob DiBiasio is the brother of ONU President Daniel A. DiBiasio.

Thorn: News just came out last week that back in November, Municipal Court Judge Tammie Hursh terminated probation officer Brett Holmgren for unethical conduct and placed Chief Probation Office Jeremy Fifer on administrative leave for allegedly pointing his service weapon at an assistant city prosecuting attorney. The weapon had its safety on and Fifer later resigned his position.

PARTING SHOT: “I looked up my family tree and found out I was the sap.” – Rodney Dangerfield

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Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.

Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.

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