MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (WCCO) – The Memorial Day holiday in Minnesota is proof of how much difference a year can make.

Memorial Day 2014 in Minnesota was quite different than Memorial Day 2013.

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Temps soared into the 80’s in the Twin Cities on Monday, a 20 degree difference from last year when the high was a windy 62 degrees.

Como Pool was buzzing Monday morning worth hundreds of guests by noon.

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Last year, the pool was empty of swimmers when WCCO stopped by.

Keller Park in Maplewood, Minn. was also abuzz.

Last year, WCCO found only a few people bundled up playing a game of Top Spin.  This year the pavilions and grills were packed.

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One park chef laughed summing up the sentiments of many, “We deserve this, it’s almost June!”

Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield