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By James Schugel, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Minnesotans are digging out — again — after another winter storm dumped more than a foot-and-a-half of snow on parts of the state.

Madison, in western Minnesota, reported 19 inches of snow. Other snowfall reports include16 inches in Bloomington and 12-and-a-half inches at the Twin Cities airport. Eden Prairie saw 19 inches of snow, the most for any part of the Twin Cities.

“I tell you, it’s no fun,” said Shelly Scherkenbach who lives in Eden Prairie and spent six hours shoveling her driveway Monday. “I’m so sore. It’s got to be worth a workout-and-a-half, don’t you think?”

This storm was record-breaking. The Twin Cities had a record amount of snow fall in one day in a February: Sunday’s 1.8 inches of snow.

The snow was also back-breaking for all those who had to shovel. Some people went to the hospital for back injuries, chest pain and frostbite. Some slipped and fell while shoveling, spraining their ankles and wrists, reported Emergency Room staff at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. They treated 75 patients since Sunday evening for snow-related accidents.

A Minnesota State Patrol Trooper also had to go to the hospital, but for a different reason.

On a slick Interstate 94, a semi lost control and slammed into Trooper Mike Bell’s squad car.

Lt. Eric Roeske with the Patrol says 304 vehicle accidents were reported to the Minnesota State Patrol between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday. Injuries were reported in 44 of those crashes, but no serious injuries were reported.

Minneapolis has declared a snow emergency — its eighth snow emergency of the season. Officials said that’s the most Minneapolis has ever declared in a single winter.

It’s been a seemingly endless winter, a season many wish would come to a screeching halt.

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