I lived in ND for 6 years, met my husband at UND and I will admit that I never got used to the cold! I never warmed up in the winters except when I would take an extremely hot bath and then I would stay warm for a little bit after - I used to do my homework while sitting in the hot water! My parents are still in GF and my husband’s family are in or around Grafton.
Block heaters? Boy do I remember those things, you didn’t plug your car in you had a great chance of it not starting in the morning! I don’t think I ever saw a car without that tell-tale plug sticking out if it’s front end, they always looked like they had a toothache and were getting work done by the dentist to me. I also remember that all the motels had plugs outside the rooms for you to plug your block heater into.
I will complain about the cold here in NM but I do so with the knowledge that there is a good chance that it will only last a month or so, not four or six months!