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Northland Welcomes Warm Weather

Updated: 02/18/2014 6:44 PM
Created: 02/18/2014 6:39 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson

For many Northlanders, there is just one way to describe this winter so far.

"Long, long and cold!" said Gina Kreager of Duluth.

It seems even kids are over our frigid weather.

"I'm getting a little sick of it, but I like the sledding down and stuff," said 10-year-old Ben Kreager.

But one day of sunshine and 30 degree weather can turn it all around.

"The weather is perfect and the kids have been dying to go sledding all winter long," said Gina Kreager.

Ben and his cousins made up for lost time on their sleds Tuesday at the hill behind Holy Rosary Catholic School. Going up and down the hill about "50 times," said Ben.

This winter has cooped them up inside.

"When my sister texted me this morning, I wanted to go right away just because we've been inside so much," said Sally Oase of Duluth.

Over at the UMD campus, you will still find plenty of snow, but one thing missing? Winter jackets. Students ditched their puffy coats for sweatshirts, and even t-shirts.

"I'm so happy! I'm done with the winter," said Halina Lewis.

The subzero temperatures have been dragging Lewis down. She said this winter has been tough and her social life has taken a hit.

Her classmate, Haley Lund, agreed.

"Living in Minnesota you don't get a lot of Vitamin D and I think that brings everyone's mood kind of down. So this sun is awesome," said Lund.

They'll soak it up now, because winter in the Northland isn't quite over yet.

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