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Northwoods communities dig out from winter blastSubmitted: 11/11/2014
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

Northwoods communities dig out from winter blast
CRANDON - People in northern Wisconsin remember winters like this, if they've lived here a while. They got used to shoveling in the month of November. But snow this heavy, this early, hasn't been around for a long time.

More than a foot of snow hit northern Wisconsin on Monday and Tuesday. The big snow left Crandon digging out of the drifts.

"I've been up since five o'clock, and when I first got up and started, there was a good eight inches of snow on the ground then," Gary Garrow said while shoveling on Lake Street.

Garrow shovels sidewalks for businesses in Crandon. It's hard for him to keep up.

"By the time I get to one end, cleaning it out, I got to start and go all the way back down again," he said.

Sherry Nickel says this isn't that bad, compared to growing up around here.

"We used to have this much snow or more by this time of the year," she said. "So it's going back to the old ways. It's what it used to be."

Crandon schools were similarly deserted, while plows make their mountains. But what did you expect in November? It's northern Wisconsin.

"If you live in this Northwoods like I have for many, many years, it's crazy, but it happens," Garrow said.

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