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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It was a day of steam and storms across Minnesota, but while the storms knocked down trees and power lines, they didn’t knock down the heat and humidity.

In fact, we reached another record dew point of 82 degrees Tuesday, and that’s what makes it feel so sticky outside.

Minneapolis was downright muggy, and the Twin Cities sweltered, as the heat index soared to 118 degrees, the highest it’s been all season.

“I love it,” said one woman who was walking around Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.

But hot did not spell happiness for Shelly Scherkenbach who lives inEden Prairie.

“I don’t like the winters.  I don’t like the summers now,” she said, while standing on her driveway.  It’s the same place we first met her on Feb. 21 of this year, after 19 inches of snow fell in her city.

It was the biggest one-day snowfall in February in the Twin Cities. Shelly was shoveling her driveway, and she was mighty miserable.

“I’m so tired of the snow,” she said back then.

Snow fell for 36 hours straight. The high hit 24 degrees, and white out conditions were reported across Minnesota.

Her feelings then are just about the same as they are in July. Shelly’s hard to please.

“I am thinking the same thing today!  I just asked my kids today.  I said, ‘Why are we living here?’ Isn’t there just a middle ground somewhere. A balance somewhere, cause we’re missing it,” she said.

Visiting Shelly in July also taught us something else about this mother. She loves to shovel.  She’s now working on a landscaping project in her backyard, and it seems she can’t drop the shovel no matter the season.

“Now I’m going to move, because then you won’t find me,” she said to reporter James Schugel.  “I’m completely done with Minnesota. Just completely done.”

While some find humidity and happiness, others like Shelly find humidity and horror.

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