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‘There’s No Point’: Minnesotans On Shoveling In April

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – When Suzanne Born looked outside to see snow on her Golden Valley driveway Friday morning, she skipped the shoveling and went back to bed.

“I was born and raised in this state. I’ve lived here all my life, and I know Mother Nature will take care of this,” she said. “By the time it gets to April, there’s no point in shoveling.”

Driveway after driveway was left un-shoveled in metro neighborhoods as winter-weary folks were hoping the sun would do the job for them.

“I’m tired of this,” said Paul Feyereisen, of Crystal. “My back hurts.”

Feyereisen started shoveling at the end of the day Friday to clear off his driveway. He said he’d usually shovel his and his neighbor’s driveway before work, but Thursday’s April storm was his breaking point. He waited until the melting could cut down on the manual labor.

“It’s supposed to be 65 on Sunday, so I’m going to be able to relax,” he said.

Not everyone can wait around for the sun to do the job, like the Twins.

“Unfortunately, we can’t just wait it out because we are playing baseball in a few short days,” said Minnesota Twins senior communications manager Chris Iles. “We are clearing the field off, we are cleaning the stands out.”

Target Field crews were busy all day Friday shoveling snow. Still, the weekend warm-up will help with the clearing.

“We’ll be taken care of well in advance of our home opener,” Iles said.

As for everyone else, people are hoping the snow is here today but gone tomorrow…without having to pick up another shovel.

“I’m done after this,” Feyereisen said.

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