On March 25, 1947, a coal-dust explosion inside the Centralia Coal Co. Mine No. 5 in Washington County, Illinois, claimed 111 lives. Only 31 men survived. The explosion was caused when a blown-out shot ignited coal dust. American folksinger Woody Guthrie wrote and recorded a song about the Centralia mine disaster entitled, "The Dying Miner."
When you live in the Madison area, you either learn to love cold weather or you spend half the year sitting inside waiting for spring. Here are some fun ideas to get you up and out of the house this winter.