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50th Anniversary of the 1973 Blizzard


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My cousin turned 50 years old today.  And over today and the next few days we have the 50th anniversary of one of the worst Iowa blizzards on record.  Something my parents and their siblings talk about even now.

As I understand it my mom worked as a nurse at the time and she wound up not being able to go home for a few days because she and dad were pretty much stuck.  She worked at the local Mercy hospital and he was on the farm and they were both stuck where they were.  They had winds of up to 40 to 50 miles with a few gusts over 65mph.  Over $100 million in livestock losses and 14 people died - mostly from heart attacks from trying to clear the snow.  When I went to high school they still had the first generation of teachers there and one of them told me that about a week later the snow was all gone. 

Today it's a fairly nice day as early April days go.  It's in the mid 50s down here in Dubuque now.  It's probably going to be in the 60s and 70s early next week.  Ever since my cousin and I came along just over two years later we've had the whole range of weather about this time of year in the upper Midwest.   I think even up by Minneapolis the snow will be gone and things will start greening up again in the next week or two. 

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    • Giraffe

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      1 hour ago, JermajestyDuggar said:

      They definitely won’t give him a number. Because if they did, he would leave immediately. 

      At this point I don't think he would. He's already sacrificed what little time with his children he had left and keeps extending his time away from them. They've raised so much money that I'm incredulous they haven't brought the children. What's another few thousand when you've already grifted ~$50,000? (I'm not saying they'd be able to see him much but right now they're not seeing him at all)

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    • Bluebirdbluebell

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      Most people would live life differently if they knew how much time they have left. We don't know how time he has left either. Even if his doctors have a prediction, I've known many people who outlived predictions.

    • hoipolloi

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      They will lie to him until there is no more money to be extracted.

       

    • JermajestyDuggar

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      31 minutes ago, Coconut Flan said:

      I wonder how much time he has left.  Yes, that's a morbid thought, but if he knew maybe it would entice him to go home and spend it with all the family.

      They definitely won’t give him a number. Because if they did, he would leave immediately. 

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    • Coconut Flan

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      The main medication from what I've gleaned is over the counter Tylenol.  That does not go in my experience with someone anywhere near as sick as they claim.  Things do not add up medically just like the grift and the moving expenses don't make good sense.  I know they claim they were approved for disability, but these disorders are subjective and considerably based on patient reporting.  As in I'm feeling "exhausted" and I'm in extra pain right now.  However, I am NOT going to bed.  I'm going to finish cooking lunch, eat it, wash the dishes, and then put my feet up.  Yep I'm going to keep living life through the pain and the tired/weak feeling.  I had extra time in the yard watering everything deeply as I'm going back to LA for treatment tomorrow.

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