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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 6:30 pm | Updated: 7:58 pm, Fri May 3, 2013.

BLOOMING PRAIRIE — The southeastern Minnesota town of Blooming Prairie may have produced a record that will never be broken.

At least that seems to be the general consensus.

On Thursday, Blooming Prairie set a state record for May snow with 18 inches in one day. Blooming Prairie shattered the previous May snowfall record of 12 inches. It was a record reached three times: May 17, 1890, in St. Cloud; May 8, 1938 in Windom (Cottonwood County); and May 3, 1954 near Leonard (Clearwater County). It’s also a record that hadn’t been touched once in last 59 years.

That is until Thursday.

Owatonna and Rochester also broke the record with 15 inches, but the two towns and several other southern Minnesota towns came up short to Blooming Prairie.

Crews with Blooming Prairie Public Utilities had to remove some branches that were sitting on power lines, but no lines were down, said Rick Kittelson, general manager of BPPU.

Roger Norris of Darrick’s Preferred Auto and Towing said the shop’s tow trucks have been extremely busy. After helping close to 20 vehicles on Thursday, Darrick’s Preferred Auto and Towing pulled another six vehicles, a tractor and school bus out of snow on Friday.

“The school bus got caught on gravel,” Norris said. “It probably shouldn’t have been on the gravel road, way too much snow.”

Greg Johnson of B to Z Hardware Store said all the shovels were put away and needed to be pulled back out when dozens of Blooming Prairie residents needed to buy a snow shovel on May 2.

“We had just got a freight truck in with all of our dirt and potting soil. I guess looking back on it, I should have ordered salt and not dirt,” Johnson said.

Johnson has been at B to Z Hardware for seven years but grew up in Steele County and he couldn’t believe the snowstorm he woke up to on Thursday.

“My mom’s birthday is on May 1, and I don’t remember anything more than layer of snow on the ground.”

OPP reporter Al Strain contributed to this story.

Reach reporter Derek Sullivan at 444-2372, or follow him on Twitter @OPPSullivan

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