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By Fanna Haile-Selassie

Digging out in Fillmore County

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SPRING VALLEY, MN (FOX 47) -- Many woke up this morning to a winter wonderland outside their windows. To some, it meant no school. For others, it meant time to bring out shovels and snow blowers.

People all over southeast Minnesota are dealing with the downpour of snow from overnight. In Spring Valley, the town got 6.7 inches of snow. Several miles away, Harmony received 7 inches.

Tuesday morning was all work and no play as home and business owners buckled down to plow their driveways. MnDOT and city snow plows were also on hand throughout the night making sure roads and highways kept clear. Even students in Harmony who got a day off from school knew they had a task to do.

"I've got to shovel my house across the alley."

"If the wind would quit blowing, it would help. It takes about an hour, but if the wind blows, you'll be back this afternoon doing it again," says Terry Bigalk, a Harmony resident.

Some prefer to shovel by hand, snow blower, or even a plow truck if they have one.

"I just bought it and I don't know, I should have never sold my plow truck."

"I do it a lot. I get a lot of 1-inch snows, but I shovel them all off myself," explains Harmony resident Gordon Johannsen.

Several of those shoveling said this winter storm reminds them of Minnesota 5 to 10 years ago.

"We had a span there of 5 winters, I suppose, where we didn't get a lot. But it's returning back to where it used to be with lots of snow, wind," says Bigalk.

"I figured we were going to have more snow than normal and we've already had that I think. I don't know. I hope we don't have a long winter. I'd rather have either snow or cold, you know. One or the other."

Many of the people we spoke with today say they have a feeling it's going to be a long winter.

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