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Published October 27, 2010, 09:59 AM

Pelican Rapids caught off-guard by the sudden arrival of snow

Pelican Rapids, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The lights and heat are back on in Pelican Rapids today after power outages left the city without power for nearly 7 hours over night. Crews are still scrambling to fix snapped power poles and people in Pelican are coming to grips with the sudden arrival of winter.

You don't have to drive far to see that winter is here.

Corey Boone: "I don't think anyone was ready for this."

Outside Jimmy's Pizza in Pelican Rapids, Corey Boone is shoveling the 4-inches of snow that's on the ground.

Corey Boone: "It caught us off guard. We still haven't even gotten the umbrellas in from the summer."

School Cancellations have allowed many kids in lakes country to take advantage of the snow before the rain came and turned it in to a slushy mess.

On the other side of town, Terry Haugrud is shoveling out his neighbor’s car after it was plowed in.

"Yeah this is Gloria Pucket’s place."

He's lived in town for 60-years and he says snow is expected, but sometimes comes too soon.

Terry Haugrud: "Well not right this early I guess, but it’s about time for it to come in."

Haugrud went door to door to help people shovel out from the snow. He says while many are at work, the least he can do on a day off is help out others.

Terry Haugrud: "Just helping the people and finding somebody new that's friendly and I just like that."

As the weather bounces back and fourth from rain to snow, the people in Pelican will be working hard with the lights back on to keep the streets clean.