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Mankato Digs Out After Spring Snow Storm

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MANKATO, Minn. -

 

If you just listen outside, it sounds like spring. If you look—not so much.

Daycare provider Mary Torgusen said, "My 6 year old said, 'Mom why is it Christmas today?' and I said I don't know."

For the kids with the coveted gift of a spring snow day, it meant fun outside. Across the street, the snow is bit of hassle for senior citizen Mary Roed.

Roed said, "It was pretty, but its work, its work for me."

She said snow in April is not unheard of, in fact, she remembers snow in May in 1954.

Roed said, "I brought my son home on May 2nd and we had snow that day,"

But with the mild winter we have had, the storm did catch Roed a little off guard.

Roed said, "I put my boots away for the winter so I had to go out and dig them out."

Dig them out, so she could dig herself out.

Roed said, "If I can get a place to walk that is the important part."

The heavy, wet snow is a bit difficult to shovel, but the kids said it is perfect for snowmen and snowballs.

Torgusen said "They're all anxious for grass but today we decided it was a snowman day, we were not going to give in, we're going to come out, wet or not, and get some outdoor time."

Plus this may be the last snow day of the year. Then again, maybe don't put your snow boots away quite yet.

The school district has a bit of flexibility because its calendar exceeds the minimum number of annual instructional hour required by the state.

The latest snow day the school has on record was April 14th, 1983, that was the same day the Twins Metrodome roof deflated because of a tear caused by a late–season heavy snow, and the scheduled Twins' game with the California Angels was postponed. 

Mankato students won't have to make up today's snow day. The school district has a bit of flexibility because its calendar exceeds the minimum number of annual instructional hour required by the state.

The latest snow day the school has on record was April 14, 1983, that was the same day the Twins Metrodome roof deflated because of a tear caused by a late–season heavy snow, and the scheduled Twins' game with the California Angels was postponed.