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  • Sub-zero temperatures can't keep the people of International Falls, Minn., indoors.

    Several states across the country are preparing for another round of "polar vortexes," but the folks in one Minnesota town don't see extremely cold wintery weather as a reason to stay indoors. In fact, the folks of International Falls, Minn., are outside embracing the sub-zero temperatures with games and snowy events.
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  • Sub-zero temperatures can't keep the people of International Falls, Minn., indoors.

    International Falls, which is located on the border with Canada, has earned the nickname "The Nation's Ice Box." Here, the mercury can dip to 50 degrees below zero. The town celebrates their record low temperatures with an annual event called the Ice Box Days, an outdoor festival with frozen turkey bowling, foot races and other winter games. This year's event was held in early January.
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  • Sub-zero temperatures can't keep the people of International Falls, Minn., indoors.

    Frozen turkey bowling, a local favorite, requires participants to hurl a frozen turkey at a set of pins on a lane marked with spray paint in the snow. When the frozen turkey hits the pins, it sounds just like a bowling ball hitting pins at an actual bowling alley.
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  • Sub-zero temperatures can't keep the people of International Falls, Minn., indoors.

    International Falls is a place where frigid is a way of life, and running in the Arctic air is an ultimate test of endurance. Terry Anderson, a first grade teacher and a mother of four, prepared for the Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Race, where she competed against 100 other runners.
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  • Sub-zero temperatures can't keep the people of International Falls, Minn., indoors.

    The temperatures are so cold that during the race, eyelashes and beards begin to freeze. "I saw some very frosty eye lashes on the way in, but it appears to be A-okay," Anderson said. "I have my gloves, my hat and my double socks. That's what you really, really need."
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  • Sub-zero temperatures can't keep the people of International Falls, Minn., indoors.

    ABC's Juju Chang shown here with a few frozen runners, who have ice on their beards.
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  • Sub-zero temperatures can't keep the people of International Falls, Minn., indoors.

    Another Ice Box event is "smooshing," where teams strap 2x4 wooden planks to their shoes and race across the snow. Shown here are three teams of kids participating in a smooshing race.
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  • Sub-zero temperatures can't keep the people of International Falls, Minn., indoors.

    Awards are handed out for each event.
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  • Sub-zero temperatures can't keep the people of International Falls, Minn., indoors.

    Residents do come inside to warm up a bit with a chili cook-off, where judges pick their favorites. International Falls' record low is 55 degrees below zero, which was set back in 1903. It hasn't been broken yet, but winter is only a month old.
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