Two towns, one frosty title: The "Ice-Box of the Nation"

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FRASER - 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 locally.

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.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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