MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – For late December in Minnesota, it can’t get much better then Saturday’s weather.

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There was sunshine, and a high temperature that broke a 117-year-old record.

Aaron Howe of Independence tried to fend off snowballs thrown by his two children.

“It’s been fantastic. We grilled out last night, and it’s kind of a nice warm spell to have in Minnesota after the holidays,” Howe said.

At Wayzata’s Klapprich Park, Paul Bergstrom and his family enjoyed the outdoor ice rink, which was quite the hot spot.

“As we walked down, we said ‘These kids are crazy running around, skating around out here without jackets on,'” Paul said. “And now my daughter’s doing the same thing.”

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Eleven-year-old Leah Bergstrom has played hockey indoors nearly all season, so she appreciated being outside on the rink.

“The fresh air is really nice,” Leah said.

In southeast Minneapolis, Melissa and Jesse Walker took their three kids out for a stroll on the Stone Arch Bridge.

“These guys need exercise,” Melissa said. “We need to keep getting out of the house, anyway possible.”

With the kids out of school for another week, it will likely be their only chance to enjoy the outdoors.

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“The next few days are going to be brutal, so we had to get out today,” Jesse said.