Updated: 03/20/2014 5:40 PM
Created: 03/20/2014 5:32 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
While there isn't much green outside yet, spring is here. Some people in the Northland are forcing the season with spring-like activities.
"It's always 70 and nice in the greenhouse," Engwalls Production Manager Larry Stute said. "It's a great place to work."
Engwalls Florist and Greenhouses in Duluth is busy with prep work this time of year. They also get many visitors trying to soak in the season.
"They're coming in and just wanting to get some sunshine, and smell the fresh, wet dirt and oxygen," Stute said.
"It's an odd contrast because we're standing here with all this greenery," customer David Jensen said. "Right outside the window, there's still like four feet of snow."
While spring has sprung inside the greenhouses, old man winter can still be found. Engwalls is still dealing with three collapsed greenhouses from heavy snow this winter.
"We've got some work ahead of us," Stute said.
Another sign of spring, a busy car wash.
"People are finally in the mood to wash their car," Miller Mall Car Wash Manager Tim Herstad said. "They can see the car is dirty now, so time to get the salt off and clean them up for spring."
Laura Kunath was there Thursday to give her car a transformation.
"I got my car washed, finally, for the first day of spring," Kunath said. "I figured I'd treat her to a nice shine."
The greenhouses at Engwalls will be in full swing by the end of April. They said people are welcome to stop by before and enjoy the warmth.
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