[UPDATE]  Another name has been added to this list.  Wrenshall is now one of the communities that need to run their water to prevent freeze-ups.  Keep reading for more details.

This has been an especially brutal winter - both for snow and cold temperatures.  Those bitterly-cold temperatures have combined to drive the frost further into the ground that usual, resulting in many homes with frozen water pipes.

Some communities have experienced more problems than others, and governing officials in those towns are asking residents to run their water to prevent frozen water lines.

The following is the current list of northland communities that are being asked to run their water:

  • Bemidji
  • Drummond
  • Ely
  • Eveleth
  • Hayward
  • Hibbing
  • Mellen
  • Virginia - Midway area only
  • Washburn
  • Willow River
  • Wrenshall