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Old 10-03-2014, 11:18 PM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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I couldn't find the average annual temperature data for Bemidji, but I did note that Marshall is on average 8 degrees warmer than Grand Rapids. And Bemidji and Grand Rapids are about the same latitude.
Here are average temp data from cooperative stations in Bemidji and in Marshall. Teak is correct about 8 degrees warmer average max/min in Marshall than Bemidji.


BEMIDJI, MN - Climate Summary

period of data 1896 -
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average Max. Temperature (F) 15.2/ 20.9/ 33.4/ 51.0/ 65.3/ 74.2/ 79.9/ 77.3/ 66.2/ 54.7/ 34.6/ 20.7/ 49.4
Average Min. Temperature (F) -6.9/ -3.5/ 10.6/ 27.7/ 40.4/ 50.8/ 56.3/ 53.6/ 44.0/ 33.7/ 17.5/ 1.3/ 27.1


MARSHALL, MN - Climate Summary

period of record 1935 -

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average Max. Temperature (F) 22.7/ 27.7/ 39.4/ 56.5/ 69.9/ 79.1/ 84.4/ 82.2/ 73.1/ 60.8/ 41.7/ 27.7/ 55.4
Average Min. Temperature (F) 3.8/ 8.7/ 21.0/ 34.7/ 46.7/ 57.1/ 61.9/ 59.5/ 49.7/ 38.2/ 23.6/ 10.5/ 34.6


On the flip side Marshall is near the Buffalo Ridge and in more open country and has more windy days and potentially more wind driven blizzards, than Bemidji does who sits in the trees. Bemidji gets more snowfall and keeps a deeper snowcover than Marshall.... Snowfall records are crude at best....Marshall about 40 inches and Bemidji 60-65.
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Old 10-07-2014, 10:17 AM
 
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And you can bet on Spring starting later and cold coming earlier in Bemidji than in Marshall.
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Old 10-07-2014, 10:50 AM
 
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Besides Marshall having a college, what is there to do in that town,

What are some fun things to do in Marshall?

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Old 10-07-2014, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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They're both really isolated.

Bemidji is about two hours from Duluth, which only has 85,000 people, and about four hours away from Minneapolis or Winnipeg. Marshall is roughly two and a half hours from Minneapolis, and eleven hours' driving distance from Denver.

They both have really harsh climates. Bemidji is about the coldest place outside of Alaska with a college campus. Marshall is warmer, but not as mild, as say, Chicago.
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Besides Marshall having a college, what is there to do in that town,

What are some fun things to do in Marshall?
There's really little to do in Marshall. I suppose that helps students stay focused on learning. It's more or less pure farm country. I suppose there are corn mazes this time of year, and there are the standard chain stores and restaurants.

Bemidji, there's more to do if you're into outdoor activities, like fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, or four-wheeling.
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:02 AM
 
Location: New Hope, MN
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If you go to Bemidji make sure you know the correct way how to take a photo of you with Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
This is my town: Bemidji Blog Archive How to take photos at roadside attractions (like Paul&Babe)
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Old 10-09-2014, 12:02 PM
 
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Bemidji is about the coldest place outside of Alaska with a college campus.
I think Crookston or Grand Forks would be colder. Fargo is probably the same temp. Winnipeg is much colder, but maybe we're talking about just the USA.
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Old 10-12-2014, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Marshall, MN
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I think the most popular activity in Marshall is drinking. SMSU had their homecoming last night and by the looks of all the cars left on the grass overnight near where the tailgating was done, many students needed a designated driver.

I live in Marshall but would be much more content in Bemidji. We may be a little warmer in the winter but when you factor in the wind chill, it probably doesn't feel any better. Sure would be nice to have a few trees around here. Bemidji is a beautiful area.
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Old 12-04-2014, 06:57 PM
 
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BSU has a super-convenient underground tunnel system (or at least it did when I attended in the 1980s)
Fairly certain they still have it.

SMSU boasts about its interconnected campus. And it's nice...once you're in it. But unlike BSU, the SMSU dorms aren't connected to the academic buildings. It's not a super long walk, but you're still walking outside in the cold and in the wind. Won't have to do that at BSU.

One thing SMSU has done in the past 5-10 years is upgrade a number of their facilities. A new dorm building, new on-campus apartments, new student center and conference center, new football/soccer stadium, and a just-renovated track and field facility.
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Southern MN
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I think the most popular activity in Marshall is drinking. SMSU had their homecoming last night and by the looks of all the cars left on the grass overnight near where the tailgating was done, many students needed a designated driver.

I live in Marshall but would be much more content in Bemidji. We may be a little warmer in the winter but when you factor in the wind chill, it probably doesn't feel any better. Sure would be nice to have a few trees around here. Bemidji is a beautiful area.
I agree. I recently went to college in Marshall, and there isn't a whole lot to do. I still had a blast going to college there. Made friends with some extremely interesting people. And yes, there was plenty of drinking, but I think that is pretty common at most college campuses.

The weather is going to be rough in the winter in both towns. Bemidji is probably colder on average, but the wind constantly blows in Marshall--turning a lot of light snowfalls into nasty blizzards.
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