MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — No matter where you went today, wasn’t hard to find people outside — things were unseasonably warm across the state, with temperatures hovering in the low 40s.

For many, the unusual heat wave called for a cold treat in Minneapolis’ LynLake neighborhood. Milkjam Creamery’s opening weekend couldn’t have been more perfectly timed.

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“Since day one we’ve had really good reception,” said Sameh Wadi, the shop’s owner. “Even 30 below zero people were coming. I had about 200 people when it was freezing cold.”

WIth unique flavors like “Poppin Bottles,” and “Indian Elvis” — a curried peanut butter ice cream — the shop had customers in winter coats lined up out the door.

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“We’re just trying to have some fun,” Wadi said. “It’s ice cream!”

And after your ice cream, why not a little ice time?

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The annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis will draw thousands of spectators. Organizers expect the warm temperatures to bring record crowds.

Kate Raddatz