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Published October 06, 2009, 12:01 AM

North Dakota gets taste of winter

The National Weather Service said it had reports of 2 inches of snow on the ground in Bowman at midafternoon. Forecasters expected an inch or two in the Dickinson area, with up to an inch overnight in Bismarck. Overnight lows were expected to drop into the upper 20s in the far-western part of the state.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK - North Dakota is getting a taste of winter.

Lori Eagon, who works at the Super Value grocery store in Rhame, said about 2 inches of snow had fallen there by Monday afternoon. She said people in the town of about 190 were jokingly wishing each other a Merry Christmas.

The National Weather Service said it had reports of 2 inches of snow on the ground in Bowman at midafternoon. Forecasters expected an inch or two in the Dickinson area, with up to an inch overnight in Bismarck. Overnight lows were expected to drop into the upper 20s in the far-western part of the state.

Snow led to the closure of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota's Black Hills. Superintendent Gerard Baker said the bad weather caused the memorial's offices to lose power Monday but he hoped it could reopen Tuesday.

Eagon said: "Nobody is ready for this - we've hardly had a summer."

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