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Winter fun for everyone


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Sunday made up for the lack of snow across southeast Minnesota.

While snow might keep some people inside, others couldn't wait to enjoy the first snow of the season.

Steven Woodward of Green Bay was visiting Rochester Sunday. He stopped by the dog park to let his pups run.  When he says his King Charles Cavalier eats up this weather, he means it. 

"It takes her a while to warm up, but she literally just runs around and eats snow," Woodward said. "Never seen anything like it," he explained

At it's peak, the storm system slowed down traffic across Minnesota but not on the sledding slopes. 

"Normally we don't want the snow that much in the winter, but since we didn't get that much snow last year we're really excited to have the snow," said Erica Kahler of Rochester.

Kahler's son, Kendrick, was staying active.  But when your second grader wants to go back up the hill, it's mom and dad who have to follow suit. 

"This should be like the Minnesota workout video because the walk up is your work out and the slide down is your cool down," said Kahler.

The quality of the snow was also welcome for a classic activity... building a snowman.

"I think that is the first big one," said Zbigniew Krason, pointing to the 6 foot snowman in his front yard. "We built a tiny one last year but I think that is just perfect snow for that." 

His son, Olaf, helped out.  As a reward for working so hard, dad says sledding may not be such a bad idea.

"Well maybe later today when we've had some hot soup or something and then we'll go."

So it's welcomed by many for now, but we're in it for the long haul despite Kahler's preferences. 

"When Christmas is over... brown," Kahler said.  "Go away snow."

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