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Residents dig out after snowfall

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CLAREMONT, Minn. (KTTC) -- The rumble of snowplows sounded off all around the region Friday morning.

Carolyn Holthus says, "This isn't that heavy, wet snow that you can hardly pick up. You can get a whole shovel full of this stuff and pitch it so it's not bad."

Claremont residents are buried in 8.2 inches of fresh, powdery snow.

Bob Wobbrock says, "Got up this morning and seen I had a little mess out here so I figured I better start cleaning."

While Minnesotans are all too familiar with their plows the past couple winters have been mild.

Holthus says, "This is nothing we can't handle. I've had winters for 64 years here in Minnesota. I have no plans of going further south."

Wobbrock says, "This has been an easy winter. Two years ago you had to plow every week or every other day it seemed like."

Just in time to kick off the weekend the snow opens up all kinds of doors for winter weather fun.

Wobbrock says, "We need the snow to go snowmobiling. Otherwise you have to go up north. There hasn't been enough snow around to snowmobile."

Holthus is in town from up north. She left behind nearly two feet of snow.

She explains, "I like it. I like four seasons. That's why we're hearty Minnesotans."

"Now all we have to do is hope it's done snowing for the day so it's clean until the next batch comes through."

With the driveway cleared, the next order of business is to warm up.

Holthus says, "Probably go in and have a hot chocolate. That's good for Minnesota too."

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