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Rochester florists brave record-breaking cold to ensure Valentine’s Day deliveries

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester-area florists braved record-breaking cold to ensure delivery of flowers for Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day 2020 is the coldest day since Valentine's Day 1951 with temperatures hitting -24 degrees.

The exceptionally cold temperatures caused local florist to take extra precaution when delivering those special arrangements.

Phil Schroeder of Renning's Flowers said florists are used to a lot of challenges, whether it's cold, bad roads or other types of inclement weather.

"We will wrap the flowers a little bit more, a couple wraps of tissue, a couple extra bags. We will keep the vans warm and make sure people are home when we deliver them," Schroeder said.

Roses are the most susceptible to cold and Schroeder advised to make sure to avoid prolonged cold exposure and to make sure they stay in water.

As of Thursday, Renning's had more than 500 orders and had at least 14 drivers out early Friday to ensure on-time delivery.

Megan Zemple

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