North Dakotans Try to Reclaim 'Snow Angel' Title

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Nearly 9,000 people gathered Saturday in Bismarck, N.D., to try to break the world record for the most snow angels made at the same time. If the Guinness Book of World Records verifies the number, the city will reclaim the title it first established in 2002.


And folks in North Dakota are trying a different strategy to make their city stick out on the map - with body language and lots and lots of snow. Nearly 9,000 people gathered on the capital grounds in Bismarck on Saturday, to make their mark with snow angels.

Ms. EDNA ARVIDSON(ph): There was a lot of loose snow and stuff. It wasn't muddy at all or anything, you know. It was flaky like a feather bed.

MONTAGNE: That's Edna Arvidson. She is 84 years old. She first made a snow angel in 2002 when Bismarck created the snow angel record category, at the time, with just under 2,000 people. On Saturday, the city had nearly 9,000 contestants attempting to break a new snow angel record set at Michigan Technological University about a year ago. And how exactly do that many people make snow angels at the same time? After a morning registration, Edna Arvidson says it was easy.

Ms. ARVIDSON. All day, put up little tiny flags for the rows and you dropped yourself down when it got to be 1 o'clock and make you an angel. Flapped back and forth.

MONTAGNE: If the Guinness Book of Worlds Records verifies Bismarck's new record, the North Dakota City can reclaim its halo.

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