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Published April 15, 2013, 11:30 PM

Area's record snow a pain in the neck, back

FARGO – You won’t see too many high-fives after Fargo’s record-setting snowfall this weekend.

By: Helmut Schmidt, INFORUM

FARGO – You won’t see too many high-fives after Fargo’s record-setting snowfall this weekend.

That’s because a lot of people are still trying to work out the kinks in their shoulders and backs from hours of shoveling the heavy, wet snow that blanketed the region.

Local chiropractors were booked solid Monday.

“When I get a snowfall, I know there’s going to be some complicated cases,” said Mike Mosey at Moorhead’s Life Chiropractic Center.

“The phone has been ringing off the hook,” said Brad Feldner of Pure Chiropractic & Rehab in Fargo. “I’ve never seen so many slips and falls. It’s been the worst in my 20 years of being a chiropractor.”

Fargo on Sunday set a record for April 14 with 6.3 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. The storm ended up dumping from 8 to 11 inches on Fargo-Moorhead, depending on the area and the measurements.

It was just another day in a winter that doesn’t seem to want to end. “I want summer. Grass is nice,” said Grace Miller of Fargo.

Nicole Miller, manager of the Glik store in Moorhead Center Mall, also delivers 300 papers daily for The Forum.

“It wasn’t very fun this morning,” she said Monday. “I’d like to be riding my motorcycle, not shoveling snow.”

Mosey urges shovelers to take their time and take breaks to avoid hurting muscles and joints or slipping and falling. Mosey also urges stretching before and after shoveling and drinking lots of water.

Above all, pay attention to your body, particularly to any chest pains. Shoveling snow is one of top causes of heart attacks, Mosey said.

Feldner also urges shovelers to take it easy.

“If snow shoveling was such good exercise for us, we’d see it in the fitness centers,” he said.

It could have been worse.

Areas west of the Sheyenne River Valley in North Dakota got the heaviest snowfall totals, with Bismarck reporting nearly 18 inches, Center 22 inches and Fullerton, Ellendale and Edgeley all with 20 inches, according to the weather service.

And another snowfall is expected Wednesday or Thursday, the weather service said. How much the Red River Valley will get depends on how far north the storm tracks.

At least it’s good news for someone. Cross-country skiers are getting a bonus.

The Fargo Park District groomed the ski trails at Edgewood and Lindenwood parks, and will do so again if more snow arrives later this week, Executive Director Roger Gress said. “We try to be good sports” about the weather, he said.


Reporters Pat Springer and Emily Welker contributed to this story

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583

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