As we move through Winter Weather/Hazard Awareness Week, I think back on a few fond and a couple not-so-fond memories of past Minnesota winters. How can I ever forget the three-and-a-half-hour drive from Faribault to Owatonna on an icy I-35 with vehicles littered along the ditches.

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It's not all bad. A snowman here and a sledding hill there make for some fun with the kids. Otherwise, for good or bad, snow and winter weather are settling in for the long haul.