Forget Minnesota...North Dakota is much better....

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  1. mmswm

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    Feb. 8th. I'm leaving here on friday.
     
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    So....this is your last weekend as a Southern Belle!!!

    Sometime today, hit the store and get that ice/snow scraper for your car... the one with the long handle. You may very well need it for the drive!

    And put aside some blankets for the kids to use in the car. Sleepy kids sleep so much better in the car under a blanket.
     
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    Wed is the planned auto parts store day. I need to change the oil and get new wipers. I think the timing is great. I went to the grocery store yesterday and noticed one of the wipers starting to peel away from the metal. I need to get ones more appropriate for snow, so I'm glad that I don't have to replace perfectly good ones. Anyway, I was hoping to find a decent scraper there, but since I'm so far south, maybe not. I might wind up having to get something less than ideal and get a better one after I get to Fargo.

    I was planning on keeping the blankets and pillows up front :).
     
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    Try a truck stop - either now or en route.
     
  5. mmswm

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    That's true, TG. I was thinking I'd wind up with a dinky one for the trip itself....
     
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    One finds windshield scrapers at truck stops in the darndest places and seasons... and the weather you've been reporting from Atlanta And Thereabouts makes the current season not even remotely implausible.
     
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    You should order this mm. These work the best. My dh made a bunch in college for his final plastics project (just don't tell the copyright department!)
     
  8. Aliceacc

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    That wouldn't help me much.

    I'm 5'4" and I drive a minivan. That wouldn't help me get the snow off the top of the car.

    (MM: the reason it needs to get off the top is because, othewise, it's liable to come off in one big sheet as I'm driving. The guy behind me would be blinded with snow for a good few seconds until he got his wipers on.)
     
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    We just bought four of these! A lady was selling them at the Air Force Base. She had a video running of how well they work. They do an amazing job on ice!

    Please remember to have your anti-freeze checked. I'm not sure what temperature you should have it safe at for Fargo - maybe forty or fifty below zero.
     
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    Get the coldest-rated antifreeze possible. And get a block heater or oil pan heater!!
     
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    I'm deciding between three different apartments right now. They all have garages, so that will help. I don't even know if I can get a block heater this far south. I'm running out of time, so I'm not even sure I can order one. I'm dealing with the rest of the car stuff Wed.
     
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    You can get an oil pan heater once you get to NoDak. I recommend Sahr's Sudden Service on North Broadway. It's a small shop with a very reputable owner who is actually a long-time family friend. (He also owns a dog boarding place nearby in Sabin, MN. We always board our dogs there when we're in town.)
     
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    If ya need anything else, give me a holler! ;) I am pretty sure I know where you'll be working. If you have any questions on my opinion on the apartments, I would be happy to give you my advice. :) Once you hit Iowa/Illinois, you should be able to get a good window scraper. I prefer the one with the bristles on one side and a plastic scraper on the other. Make sure your tires are good. And, yes, once you get here, you'll want to invest in a block heater and do get some new antifreeze when you can. Again, I would be happy to help you out.. lived here all my life. :) You'll grow to love the snow and even the cold-- you grow to appreciate spring, summer and fall so much more than you'd ever imagined.
     
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    I'm excited for you, mm!!!!!!!!!!!! How exciting!
     
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    And speaking of liable, people have indeed been found liable for accidents caused by snow sliding off their roofs when they could have cleared it away before driving.
     

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