1920 North Dakota blizzard

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The 1920 North Dakota blizzard was a severe blizzard that killed 34 people from March 15 – March 18, 1920 in the state of North Dakota. High winds and an eight-inch snowfall stopped rail service in Bismarck, North Dakota and only one telephone line functioned between Fargo, North Dakota. and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Telephone service was out between Devils Lake, North Dakota and Fargo, North Dakota. It is considered one of the worst blizzards on record in North Dakota.

Among the victims were five country school students, including Hazel Miner and Adolph, Ernest, Soren, and Herman Wohlk. Also killed were a young mother, Mrs. Andrew Whitehead, Charles Hutchins, north of Douglas, North Dakota; the twelve-year-old son of Matt Yashenko, who lived five miles south of Ruso, North Dakota; and "Chicken Pete" Johnson, a Minot eccentric, who was found dead in his dug-out on South Hill in Minot, North Dakota.[1]

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  1. ^ Henke, Warren A. and Albers, Everett G., The Legacy of North Dakota's Country Schools, North Dakota Humanities Council, 1998, p. 262