Just another day in International Falls

Everything’s cool in International Falls, Minn., The Guardian reports today, having investigated how the “nation’s icebox” is surviving the freshening breeze.

Just fine, thank you.

No staying home up there. Things were perking along normally at the coffee shop — the Coffee Landing — where owner Stephanie Heinle provided some cold-weather advice that’s bound to make public safety officials and the National Weather Service hot under the collar.

She doesn’t wear hats or gloves around town.

“If you’re used to wearing them when it’s only this temperature,” she said. “Then when you go snowmobiling or something where you really have windchill, you’re going to be really cold. I know it sounds crazy.”


She also said a little alcohol helps.

Reporter Adam Gabbatt said the weather was a boon for local taxi companies who had a steady stream of customers earlier this week — cyclists and runners who dropped out of the Arrowhead 135 because of the cold.

  • KTFoley

    And Roseau & Warroad played their hockey game last night!

  • Al

    Alcohol and no gloves. Yeaaahhhh, no thank you. I like my fingers.

    • JamieHX

      Yeah, I hope someone who knows her sees this and has a talk with her.

    • Jerry

      Having fingers makes it easier to hold your drink

      • jon

        I had my time sitting around the fire on the patio of the bar, warming (melting) my beer and my hands over the fire (ensuring I could seperate my hand from the glass when it was emptied)

        maybe I’ll do it again some day, but right now I’m content spend these evenings indoors, with a glass I can put down when ever I want.

    • Brian Simon

      Have another drink & you won’t miss them….

  • Gary F

    It was nice to see an article from an east coast journalist that wasn’t full of made up bunk or ripping on locals who live in northern MN.

    Maybe this could start a trend?