FRASER (KUSA)-- Touting yourself as one of the coldest towns in the nation
might not draw the biggest crowds, but in Grand County, the town of
Fraser still likes to think of itself as 'The Ice-Box of the Nation'.
For the better part of 30 years Fraser battled over that title with
another town: International Falls, Minnesota. The battle was known as
the 'Cold War'.
Technically, Fraser held the title until the early 1980s. That's when it decided to sell the international and national rights to the name to International
Falls for $2,000 with the understanding Fraser could still use the title
In 2007, Fraser discovered International Falls forgot to renew its title, so the town of Fraser went back after it.
According to Fraser Town Manager Jeff Durbin, International Falls wasn't thrilled and threatened litigation. Fraser decided to back off.
"So you know what, International Falls, if it's really that important to
you, if you really are that frigid, you can have it," said Durbin.
People who live in Fraser still like to think of their town as the 'Ice-Box of the Nation', regardless of the outcome.
"I think Fraser deserves it! I don't know what they do in International
Falls, but we get out in this stuff and we live!" said Nancy Schneider.
If you drive around Fraser you will still see signs saying 'Ice-Box of
the Nation'. The overnight temperature in Fraser on Thursday was -32.