Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Sorry folks, no BINGO tonight January 29, 2019

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MOST MINNESOTA SCHOOLS remain closed through Wednesday due to extreme cold. Air temps in the minus 30-degree range combined with 30 mph winds could bring windchills of 60 degrees below zero. That’s dangerously cold. Too cold for kids to wait at bus stops or walk to school. Too cold, really, for anyone to be outdoors. Exposed skin can freeze in minutes.

We expect schools to close. But how does weather affect the rest of our day-to-day activities here in the Bold North?

I poked around and found the cancellation of a community staple. BINGO. Here’s a sampling of BINGO cancellations as posted on various online sources:

  • Afternoon and evening sessions of Bingo at Jackpot Junction is canceled.
  • Senior Citizens Bingo at Hardees in Granite Falls cancelled for Tuesday
  • Gibbon Lions Bingo @ D’s Pit Stop canceled
  • Bingo at Meyer’s Bar in Sleepy Eye canceled
  • VFW Post 1215 – Rochester: Hall Bingo for tonight, Jan 28th, is cancelled.

And one more thing, if you live in Morton: Residents of Valley Drive and Quarry Drive in Morton should leave water dripping in faucets to avoid frozen pipes. Yup, just one more concern besides frostbite. And no BINGO.

BONUS: Click here to read my published poem, Wednesday Night Bingo at the Legion.

© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


21 Responses to “Sorry folks, no BINGO tonight”

  1. Brenda R Says:

    Speaking of water- last week Sunday morning, I woke to find we didn’t have running water! I knew we’d never had problems with pipes freezing, so I woke my husband to tell him the “good news”! He checked what he could in the house and determined it must be on the well outside. The well company we use came out after lunch and pulled up the pipes to find nothing wrong with the motor, but some faulty wires that had gone bad. As we watched from the warmth of the house, my husband said, that’s why they say colder than a well diggers butt. I had never heard that saying before, but on WCCO the other day they had people texting in “cold sayings” and that was one of them! Now I can totally understand why!!

  2. If it’s too cold for bingo it’s cold out! Stay safe!

    • That is correct.

      This morning I even sent a sleeping bag with Randy to keep in the car for his commute. He also added another layer of coat. Even if the drive is only 22 minutes along a well-traveled state highway, it’s best to be semi-prepared. I told him, though, that I didn’t have any chocolate for his winter survival kit, as recommended by someone I heard on the radio yesterday.

  3. parkerozgood Says:

    I am going to turn all my faucets on this afternoon. I set the furnace about 4 degree higher yesterday to get ahold of the cold! Should be a interesting couple of days! I park outside, it will be interesting to see if the Tahoe starts in the morning! 🌄

  4. Dan Traun Says:

    I was fully expecting the State of MN to shut down, but it has not. It is darn cold out there. We’ll see if tomorrow [even colder] is different.

  5. Almost Iowa Says:

    Her: Because it is so cold. I want you to drive me to work and pick me up.
    Me: That makes no sense. It is double the driving and puts both of us at risk.
    Her: I will buy you coffee at Caribou.
    Me: Not even close.
    Her: And a lemon poppy-seed muffin.
    Me: I’ll get my coat.

  6. Gunny Says:

    Ahh, Minnesota winters! At 20 below, my car wouldn’t even start! I had near straight antifreeze in the coolant so the block freezing was not a problem. I had to walk to school that day – about 5 miles away. If it warmed up to say 10 below, I could coax a start out of it, but minus 20 was the magic number.

  7. Bernadette Says:

    Sorry about the extreme cold and no bingo. I thoroughly enjoyed the poem about bingo; it took me back to the assisted living home where my mother loved playing bingo with exactly the anticipation, disappointment and joy you describe

  8. I think the message is clear to JUST STAY INDOORS where it is WARM & SAFE. Hang in there and Take Care to ALL dealing with the POLAR VORTEX.

  9. Valerie Says:

    These temperatures are extreme, and it’s good use common sense if going out…like Randy does with his commute.

    I like your poem about Bingo!

  10. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    I saw a post on Facebook this morning about a toilet tank in Minnesota that exploded because the water froze in it. I wondered if that home had lost power and or heat.

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